‘You’re a legend’ Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Shared Support For David Ortiz

David Ortiz, the retired baseball player who became one of the game’s most respected athletes while playing a key role in Boston ending its 86-year World Series drought, has been shot while visiting the Dominican Republic.

Headlines have been filled with reports about the shooting. Reports share that Ortiz was in a club in East Santo Domingo when a gunman approached him and shot him in the back. He was quickly transferred to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Even though he was in surgery for six hours and part of his intestines, colon, and gallbladder were removed, Ortiz is now stable and his injury is not life-threatening.

Since news about this spread, many have come forward to share their well wishes for the famous MLB player. Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski posted:

On the other hand, the New England Patriots posted:

Since he has been in the public eye, Ortiz has raised millions of dollars through his foundation to help children’s medical needs in New England and the Dominican Republic, where he was born. During one of his interview, he told reporters that he wanted to be remembered as a nice guy more than he wanted to be remembered as a ballplayer:

“When you respect people and show people, love, I think you’re never going to forget about that. I feel like I have been that way with everybody, and that’s better than just thinking about the guy that used to hit home runs. Because I see a lot of players, they get to be extremely good when they play, but their personality doesn’t come along, and when they’re done, you never see anyone talk about them.”

Latest reports share that Ortiz is flying to Boston for further medical care. We hope for his fast recovery.