Big Papi Often Travels to Dominican Republic With Scarce Security; Depends on Fans for Protection

  • Famed former MLB star David Ortíz, also known as Big Papi, often travels to his hometown of Santo Domingo with scarce security since he depends on his fans to have his back.
  • However, in his latest trip to the Dominican Republic, Ortíz was shot in the back by a gunman on a motorcycle, which has been described as an assassination attempt.
  • Ortíz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge at the time of the shooting, which is known to bring together the elite and the shady.
  • Dial is described as an “open-air” hotspot, but Ortíz didn’t see this as a cause of concern as he was an easy target Sunday night when the gunman, identified as Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, got off his bike and shot Ortíz at close range.
  • An acquaintance, Eliezer Salvador, who was with Big Papi said: “He tried to run, just like everyone else, but with the impact from behind, he fell.”
  • Salvador said: “I opened his shirt and said, ‘Look, it was just once, it came out, it was a clean shot. You’re going to be fine; you’re not going to die.’”
  • Garcia was captured and beaten by angry fans of Ortíz before he was handed over to police.
  • Big Papi had surgery in Santo Domingo where doctors removed part of his intestines and gallbladder before he went to Boston for another surgery.
  • His wife, Tiffany, released a statement saying: “David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery. He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days.”
  • Garcia has reportedly confessed to the shooting and police are looking for a second suspect.

Reference Links

  • AP: Ex-slugger David Ortiz had counted on fans to protect him READ
  • ESPN: Ortiz had 2nd surgery after getting to Boston READ
  • ABC: Red Sox icon David Ortiz undergoes second surgery in Boston after Dominican Republic shooting READ
  • The Boston Globe: Man describes driving David Ortiz to the hospital: ‘Don’t die on me’ READ

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