The sports world was thrown into shock on Sunday night when news came out about Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz being shot and hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic.
Players were initially shocked and distraught when reports started emerging, although that shifted more to relief as news emerged that Ortiz is in stable condition.
Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season, remains one of the most popular players in baseball. He won three World Series with the Red Sox, including earning the 2004 ALCS MVP honors en route to the team’s first championship in 86 years.
Ortiz has touched the lives of many athletes, even those outside baseball. With his impact in the Dominican Republic and Boston, plenty of athletes grew up idolizing the future Hall of Famer.
Ortiz’s former teammates reach out
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
A guy who takes care of people all over the world and has made an impact on so many. Was there for me with my brother and he will be back being Big Papi! Thoughts and Prayers from my family to you and yours! #PAPI— Blake Aubry Swihart (@BLAKESWIHART_1) June 10, 2019
Prayers for my brother @davidortiz 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽...hearing all this news is so disheartening☹️— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) June 10, 2019
Prayers for Big Papi!— Mr. Irrelevant (@RealJoshReddick) June 10, 2019
Stars from other sports speak up
Are you serious?!?! You disrespect the legend @davidortiz in the motherland? Is you f#%*?!# dumb?!? Prayers up for the one and only Big Papi. The island is a scary place for homeboy right now.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) June 10, 2019
They really Shot and Tried to Rob the Legend David Ortiz? Thats just ridiculous! Hope he’s okay! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 10, 2019
Prayers up to David Ortiz, crazy to hear he got shot in the Dominican Republic, What Big Papi has done for that country, the amount of charity work he has done, it breaks my heart to hear that this happen in my homeland.— Charlie Villanueva (@CVBelieve) June 10, 2019
Prayers up for @davidortiz wishing you a quick and speedy recovery big fella! 🙏🏾— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) June 10, 2019
More baseball players send prayers
Pull thru Big Papi🙏🏾. Dang what a world we live in😔— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 10, 2019
Prayers up for my bro @davidortiz man. One of the best human beings I’ve ever met. Hate seeing that. Hoping for the best! 🙏🏾— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) June 10, 2019
Keeping @davidortiz in my prayers. God willing he will be okay and recover quick. 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) June 10, 2019
Praying for Big Papi. Oraciones con @davidortiz. Fuerza Big Papi. 🙏🏾— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) June 10, 2019
Praying for my man big Papi. Not a better person I’ve ever met in baseball. Pulling for you 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/3dQBEtQmB0— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) June 10, 2019
Big papi 🙏— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) June 10, 2019
Horrible news about David Ortiz. Praying he’s able to pull through— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) June 10, 2019
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