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:
Good news: Retired Boston Red Sex baseball star David Ortiz has been released from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being there for over a month after being shot in the Dominican Republic on June 8.
The retired baseball star, also known as “Big Papi,” was released from the hospital yesterday and will continue his road to recovery at home.
In June, it was reported that the legendary Boston Red Sox star had been shot at a club in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz had been shot in the lower back and/or abdominal region and that he immediately underwent surgery at a local hospital.
Ortiz had suffered organ damage after a man shot him in the back. According to ESPN reports from June, a team of doctors conducted surgery to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well his gallbladder.”
After the first surgery, he Ortiz underwent two more surgeries after the gunshot wound had caused more complications.
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According to a family source, Ortiz will continue his rehabilitation at home after being released from a Boston hospital on Friday. He will be closely monitored by nurses around the clock and regularly be visited by his personal physician.
“He will continue to undergo all the treatment and rehabilitation necessary to recuperate from his recent procedures,” a family source told ESPN.
Ortiz is married to Tiffany Ortiz and has two daughters, Jessica and Alexandra. He also has a son D’Angelo Ortiz. His wife has also made public announcements since the shooting in the Dominican Republic happened and has updated fans and the rest of the public on his health conditions.
Back when the news initially broke that David Ortiz had been shot, baseball fans and supporters were shocked and heartbroken to hear that this could happen to someone like him.
Aside from fans, however, former team players and other well-known celebrities shared their support for the player.
Alex Rodriguez wished him the best, “anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for David Ortiz, Tiffany and their family.” The news of the shooting even got attention from former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished him a speedy recovery.
Fans on social media are sharing their happiness and support that David Ortiz is officially on his road to recovery and outside of the hospital.
Like fans are seriously freaking out. The outpouring off support is even bigger than the outpouring of grief and concern that came after news broke he had been shot. People are 100% behind Big Papi.
“Be well Papi!,” a woman on Twitter said, emphasizing on what a great guy the retired baseball star is.
Other fans on Twitter sang high praises about what Ortiz has done for his loved ones and his communities in Boston and the Dominican Republic.
“He’s a selfless man that does so much for [his communities],” they wrote. “I wish him well on his path to full recovery.”
Ortiz has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated funds to create baseball fields in the Dominican Republic and give back to his community.
He’s also been involved in many fundraising efforts in Boston. Ortiz has started the David Ortiz Children’s fun that provides essential support for children in the DR and in New England to those in need.
“Last month, police said a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting of another man and that Ortiz had been an unintended target,” reports ESPN. Dominican authorities concluded Ortiz was not the target of the attack but instead the shooters meant to kill somebody else–a friend of Ortiz’s, identified as Sixto David Fernandez.
According to Complex, Sixto’s cousin was involved and arrested in late June. But Sixto’s cousin, Victor Gómez, allegedly planned the hit on his cousin but Ortiz was caught in the crossfire instead. Gómez, however, has proclaimed his innocence and he even took to YouTube to say that he would “never do something like this.”
In total, police have arrested 14 people in the case and are still searching for others.
Ortiz, who’s best known for helping the Boston Red Sox win three World Series championships, retired in 2016. To this day, the retired star known as “Big Papi” is still one of the best hitters in the game.
His expected recovery time and the extent of his injuries are reportedly unknown. The Boston Red Sox said on Saturday that there will be an update on his latest condition this following week.
David Ortiz, better known by the very Latino monicker of “Big Papi”, is a former professional baseball player helming out of the Dominican Republic, and who is famous for being part of the Boston Red Sox. His larger-than-life persona, charming smile and big bear physique has made him a much loved and admired player in Boston, a city that lives and breaths baseball.
Life has been tough for David Ortiz, Big Papi, since June 9, when he was shot.
Big Papi’s life has not been easy in recent months: he was shot on June 9 while at a bar in the Dominican Republic. He underwent a six hour operation and is on the mend. Life circumstances have made him question the nature of fame and the intentions of some of those who approach him.
So who is Big Papi? (if you are a hardcore baseball fan you should know!)
Just look at that smile! You would not think that this man had such a rough upbringing. David Américo Ortiz Arias was born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In his hometown, he had to survive the tough streets to make something out of himself. Like many Dominican youth, he turned to baseball as a way to get self-discipline and burn some testosterone. The Boston Globe reports: “Before he turned 10, David Ortiz saw a man stabbed to death. Growing up in a dangerous corner of Santo Domingo, Ortiz was accustomed to rat-a-tat gunfire and drug-dealing gangs that ruled the rutted roads around his home.”
Bostonians and Red Sox fans adore him.
Ortiz first played for the Minnesota Twins, but it was in Boston that he built a career that is the stuff of legends. During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox from 2003 all the way to 2016, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. Big Papi also holds Boston’s single-season record for home runs: he scored 54 during the 2006 season. The Boston Globe explains the adoration that Big Papi inspires among Bostonians and Latinos: “Ortiz is widely adored from the Dominican barrios to American boardrooms. He has attained the image of a big-hearted force for good, whether glad-handing strangers on the streets, raising money for desperately ill children in both countries, or exhorting a traumatized city to unite in strength after the Boston Marathon bombings”.
Some have taken their fandom of Big Papi to the extreme.
This tattoo is an example of the level of admiration that Big Papi sparks. Can you imagine seeing his face every single day? His life story and generous spirit is certainly something to strive for.
The curse of fame: money comes at a price.
As reported by The Boston Globe: “But his ascent to stardom also made Ortiz, like other multimillionaire athletes in the Caribbean and beyond, a prime target for hustlers, criminals, and opportunists, and vulnerable to random crime”.
A story that tends to repeat itself: leeches are por todos lados.
Like has happened with many other Latino sportsmen (we can think of Panamanian boxing icon Roberto Duran, for example), soon money and fame bring unwanted guests to the party. That is why Ortiz has felt used during most of the peak of his professional success. It must be hard specially for someone who has been a generous celebrity who thinks how his fame can bring joy to others.
The beginning of the debacle: 2012 nightclub incident.
What a nightmare. As The Boston Globe recalls: “One case in which Big Papi found himself victimized dates to the fall of 2012 in Boston, when Ortiz became the extortion target of a Dominican-American ex-convict with a history of violence, according to court records and an investigator who worked undercover on the case. For reasons that remain unclear, Ortiz and the ex-convict, Felix A. Paulino, were together in a private back room at the Venu nightclub one night in the Theatre District. Paulino videotaped Ortiz chatting with several women. Even though the video allegedly showed Ortiz doing nothing more than playfully flirting with the women, Paulino phoned Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, and threatened to sell the recording to the celebrity gossip site TMZ unless Ortiz paid him $20,000”. What a terrible human being!
The attempt on his life nearly cost him his life. Authorities say it was a case of mistaken identity: but how can you misidentify one of the better known faces in the country?
On June 19, 2019, Big Papi was shot in the back at close range. He nearly died from traumatic injuries to his liver, intestines, and gall bladder, which was taken out. The Dominican police claims that it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but this is highly improbable. After all, how can you mistake Big Papi for someone else? It would be like mistaking Michael Jordan for another dude! According to reports, this is what Ortiz told the police who attended to the shooting: “Please don’t let me die, I’m a good man.”
Boston totally rallied behind him after the shooting.
As reported by CNN: “‘David Ortiz is probably the most beloved and one of the most important players in our history, leading us to multiple World Series championships, and an active member in the community,’ said Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy. ‘I would be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David.'”
The Latino baseball community is following every step of his recuperación.
David underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the incident, but was then transferred to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains under observation. His wife has been by his side all this time.
And people are just wondering how come someone as beloved as Big Papi was even shot!
Some celebrities live and die with a “bad boy” reputation and while physical harm is never condoned, sometimes it comes as no surprise. Big Papi is different, however.
Other hyper famous sports figures are wishing him the best.
Besides the Red Sox, the New England Patriots are the most beloved team in the Boston area (well, maybe the Celtics too, but they haven’t been that successful as of late). Fans will love the fact that Big Papi and Tom Brady are good pals and the quarterback was one of the first to wish David a speedy recovery.
This is the guy who gives so much of his life to charitable causes, no manchen.
Through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund he helps minors in Boston and the Dominican Republic. The fund’s mission is as critical as it comes, as it “provides essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need. We are proud to partner with CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to fulfill this mission. Through outreach, education, and support for medical care, we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving heart surgeries”. What a fantastic, practical cause. By the way, you can donate here: https://www.davidortizchildrensfund.org/donate-2-2-2/
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