GRAPHIC: Sox/MLB Legend David Ortiz Shot In Dominican Republic, Expected To Be Okay; Suspect In Custody
As all of New England was engaged in the Bruins' 5-1 win last night, reports on Twitter started to quickly come in that Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic, specifically Santo Domingo, the country's capital.
CDN News out of the Dominican first reported that Ortiz had been injured in an incident and sent to a hospital, before later confirming he was shot.
Surveillance footage shows a gunman approach behind Ortiz shooting him in the back, as Ortiz was on the outdoor patio of a bar. Beware, it is indeed graphic:
It didn't take long for the piece of shit to get tracked down:
The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. During his beating, he suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to this thorax, knee, and leg. Well deserved, in my opinion. He was treated for his injuries before being handed over to the police.
Now of course, everyone's first reaction is shock. It's David Ortiz, the king of Boston. He helped break the curse and win three titles for the Red Sox. Who would think to do such a thing to him in his own country, where he's adored by absolutely everyone, as well as in Boston and many other parts of America? He's a legend in two countries, no doubt about it. Who goes after a guy like that? Especially one known for his charitable contributions, especially in the DR?
All of Red Sox nation was in disbelief, as tweets started to pour out. There's a billion, so I won't share any. But they were all thinking the same thing—is Ortiz OK? Will he survive?
Thankfully, he did, and is expected to be OK. Thank God. This is David Ortiz we're talking. He's arguably the most iconic as well as adored Boston athlete in this recent run of dominance. Bigger than Tom Brady, some will tell you. That's the type of influence he's had on the city of Boston in this era of sports. To have him be taken away at just 43, with so much life in front of him, would be absolutely devastating.
But Big Papi isn't going anywhere.
Prayers and best wishes to Ortiz for a speedy recovery.
Boston strong indeed, baby.