Dominican-born baseball player David “Big Papi” Ortiz seems like a pretty chill guy overall, and he’s good at everything from baseballing (I am 3,000% sure that’s the correct term) to making Vintage Papi wine to going undercover in a Lyft.
Papi gave plenty of hints about his true identity to his passengers, including performing his “superstitious” routine for good luck:
Other highlights included Papi shit-talking New Yorkers (lol ok, Boston), and a passenger admitting that the only way she could watch the Red Sox (Big Papi’s team) is drunk. I feel you, girl:
The big reveal was done in the cutest way possible. One passenger shared that David Ortiz is her favorite player, that she’s bummed he’s retiring this year, and has all his shirts. “Actually, all of my shirts are his shirts,” Big Papi told her, right before revealing his true identity:
It’s been more than a week since David Ortiz was shot at a bar in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. There are still many questions left to be answered surrounding the tragic blindside attack on the Boston Red Sox legend. To this point, 10 suspects are in custody and facing charges for the Ortiz shooting. We’ve also learned that the attack may have been coordinated from people currently behind prison cells.
Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota allegedly met with another suspect, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno, to discuss a plan one week before Ortiz was shot.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, who is still at large, helped orchestrate the shooting. New details have also emerged behind who coordinated the attack. According to the New York Daily News, two jailed suspects, Carlos Alvarez and Jose Eduardo Ciprian Lebron, allegedly helped plot the hit on Ortiz while serving time in a Dominican prison.
Ciprian and Carlos Alvarez helped coordinate the shooting and distributed a $7,800 payment to the would-be assassins from prison. According to the AP, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, 24, also assembled the hit squad and is expected to spend one year in preventive prison.
Vizcaino allegedly sold an iPhone, that was used to plan the attack, to a woman for $180. This was done so he could quickly dispose of evidence a day after the shooting. Authorities claimed the phone was giving him problems and was the reason behind Perez selling it.
The shooting, which left Ortiz with organ damage, happened after a man, who got off a motorcycle, shot him in the back at point-blank range. The alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, fled from the scene, but the alleged getaway driver, Eddy Feliz Garcia, fell from his motorcycle as he attempted to flee. Garcia was beaten by a crowd before being turned over to police.
Many of the suspects have claimed innocence or have denied charges altogether.
Various reports say it’s unclear if Ortiz was the intended target and many of the suspects have stated that “it was a mistake” or it simply wasn’t them. The various suspects are now facing a number of different charges. They range from attempted murder, attempted homicide, gang activity, gun violations and accessory to attempted murder.
Court documents show that on the Sunday before the shooting, Mota and Vizcaino met to go over details and the plans of the attack. Ciprian would send Mota a photo of the target but documents don’t specify whose picture it was or if Ortiz was in it.
According to the New York Daily News, Ferreira-Cruz told reporters from his holding cell that he mistook Ortiz for the real intended target. “It wasn’t David,” Ferreira-Cruz said. “I got confused by his clothing.”
The attack has brought shock waves to the Dominican Republic as many are still trying to figure out why a national hero like Ortiz could be targeted.
The attack came as a shocker for many around the world but especially in the Dominican Republic where Ortiz has made endless contributions. Some say the attack is a sign of jealousy from the success that Ortiz has had.
“He is the same David Ortiz,” Felix Martinez, who grew up with Ortiz told CNN. “What happens when a person comes from poverty, what they want … when they come to their home country is to be with their people. There are people that are full of envy. That wanted to have that pride, that success.”
While motives are still being investigated, Ortiz has made progress and is recovering back in Boston.
Ortiz’s family posted Father’s Day tributes on Sunday in dedication to the baseball icon. The former slugger continues to make a recovery from the gunshot wound in Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Nothing more to say other than thank you for the sacrifices you have made to give not only me but our entire family the whole world in our eyes. You have worked so tremendously hard while not fully enjoying the fruits of your labor,” Ortiz’s daughter, Alexandria, wrote on Instagram. “The thing you said today that made me pause was: ‘sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day’ through invading tears as I can’t wait to show you the Game of Thrones inspired gift.”
Tiffany, Ortiz’s wife, also wrote in an Instagram post that Father’s Day this year “brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters.”
“Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love. Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune,” Tiffany wrote. “Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love”
There is new information on the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. According to ESPN, six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Ortiz. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, 25, is the alleged shooter and was part of a group that authorities said was offered $400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,830) to carry out the attack. It’s still unclear the motive behind the attack and what charges the suspects are expected to face, but investigators are treating the case as attempted murder.
Police have arrested suspects in the David Ortiz shooting less than 48 hours after the incident at a night club in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting Sunday night was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder. Féliz García and a second man tried to drive away after the shooting but his motorcycle fell to the pavement. A crowd attacked him and he was arrested by police, who transported him to a hospital for treatment.
Four other men, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, and Porfirio Allende Deschamps Vazquez, were also arrested. At this time, a seventh suspect still remains at large.
“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Jean Alain Rodriguez, chief prosecutor, told ESPN. “Nobody involved in this lamentable episode will remain in impunity, not even the material or intellectual author” of the crime, he said.
Police say two young men drove up to the scene on a motorcycle when one of them got off to fire a single bullet into Ortiz’s lower back.
Police are investigating two cars that were parked nearby the scene of Sunday’s shooting. Multiple witnesses have told police they saw Féliz García and a gunman get into one of the cars before the shooting.
At a press conference Tuesday, Dominican Republic police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte held up the handgun used to shoot Ortiz. According to ESPN, Investigators found the gunman’s firearm, which was recovered in the home of one of the suspects in the province of Mao, police said.
“We are not even at 72 hours (since the shooting) and you see the advances we have made and certainly that will continue,” Bautista said at the press conference.
Ortiz was shot in the back and suffered severe internal damage that required multiple surgeries.
Ortiz is currently recovering from the shooting after multiple surgeries that included the removal of his gallbladder and part of his intestine. He was flown back to Boston on Monday and was being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”