Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz remained under the care of Boston doctors Tuesday, recovering from a point-blank murder try by a hit man in his native Dominican Republic.
Ortiz, 43, arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday night aboard an air ambulance dispatched by the Red Sox to bring “Big Papi” back to his adopted hometown. The team intends to provide “all available resources” to help Ortiz bounce back from the stunning shooting by a lone gunman.
Word of his impending arrival brought crowds of Red Sox fans to the Boston hospital, with the influx creating local traffic jams. A police escort, including motorcycle cops, accompanied the ambulance that brought Ortiz to the medical center just a couple of miles away from Fenway Park.
Police had yet to offer a motive behind the shocking execution attempt by a still-unidentified shooter, who was reportedly in police custody. A second suspect, who drove the gunman to the club on a motorcycle, was arrested after eyewitnesses captured and severely beat the man.
The would-be assassin said nothing before pumping the bullet into Ortiz’s back, an eyewitness said.
Ortiz’s return to Boston took place as the Sox were playing the Texas Rangers in Fenway Park. The ballpark video board sent the message “We send our love to David Ortiz” before the game, and the the crowd began chanting “Papi! Papi!” when photos of fans wearing Ortiz’s No. 34 jersey were flashed on the board.
There was no update on the condition of Ortiz, who underwent six hours of surgery in the Dominican after the Sunday night attack. Ortiz was out with a friend when the shooter marched up from behind inside the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, firing a single shot into the stunned 10-time All-Star.