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Big Papi’s Fans Around The World Are Celebrating Now That The Baseball Legend Is Finally Out Of The Hospital

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.

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“We understand that David has been released from the hospital. The family will be issuing a statement on his condition this week,” a Red Fox representative said in an email according to Reuters.

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.

Kansas City Police Are Looking For Two Men Suspected Of Shooting Patrons Of A Tequila Bar

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Kansas City Police Are Looking For Two Men Suspected Of Shooting Patrons Of A Tequila Bar

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It was a normal Saturday night for Tequila Kansas City Bar (TKC) bartender, Jose Valdez. He was serving new customers and old when a familiar, unwelcome face walked in at 11 p.m. asking for a drink. Valdez refused to serve the man, recalling the issues he’s caused the bar in the past. The man threw a glass at him and he was promptly escorted out. At 1:30 a.m., the same man walked back into the bar with a friend and handguns. Smoke filled the tiny room as they shot people at random.

Four Latino men were killed and five other victims were wounded. TKC is a private, members-only bar that has always been regarded as a “safe space” for the Latino community. Three of the slain were second-generation TKC patrons. Their parents were also members.

TKC usually staffs a security guard, but he didn’t show up that night.

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The owner of Tequila KC Bar told KMBC reporter Matt Evans that the bar scheduled a security guard that night, but “he never showed up.” Kansas City, Kansas Police confirmed that they had arrived on the scene earlier in the night. The suspect had picked a fight with someone as he was being escorted out and the two brawled outside. By the time the police arrived, the fight was over and they left.

Shock and adrenaline allowed the wounded to escape from the bar before the pain set in.

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Two hours later, the suspect arrived with an accomplice and handguns. Survivors recall hearing at least a dozen gunshots, and could barely see through the gun smoke.

“They went off so quick I didn’t think it was gunshots,” customer Michael Barajas told the Kansas City Star.

The two gunmen are still at large.

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Police have released security camera images of the suspects, in hopes that anyone who recognizes them will come forward. Police have yet to name the suspects, and police spokesman Officer Thomas Tomasic told The Kansas City Star that he doesn’t believe the shooting was racially motivated. “It’s a pretty small bar,” Tomasic told the paper. “You have two guys come in, start shooting, people are just running. People are just running wherever they can.”

Victim Alfredo Calderon had a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter to raise.

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While police haven’t released the names of any of the victims, some family members are coming forward to remember their deceased. Juan Ramirez told reporters that his 29-year-old nephew, Alfredo Calderon, died in the shooting. “We’re just in shock and disbelief,” Ramirez told The Kansas City Star, adding that his nephew had “nothing to do with it.”

This wasn’t bartender Valdez’s first shooting either. “I don’t know what to make of it,” he told The Kansas City Star, through tears. “A sad day for everybody who lost their lives and their families. How can you go into a place full of people and just start shooting?” He said he hugged his own niños Sunday morning, saying “pray to God I’m here.”

When a witness’s fiancé was shot, she tried to stop the bleeding and “held him till he took his last breath.”

Shay Celedon was at TKC with her best friend and her fiancé, both of whom have yet to be identified. Celedon said the two were waiting until after her niece’s quinceañera to get down to wedding planning hoping to tie the knot in October 2020. The three were enjoying their night until they witnessed the violent fight outside the bar. Celedon got a sinking feeling and decided to go home for fear that “something bad would happen.”

“None of it really seems real right now,” she told CNN. “We were sitting here yesterday evening having drinks with my best friend’s fiancé. I go home, go to bed, get woken up two hours later that he’s deceased, and she held him till he took his last breath, and tried to bring him back and keep pressure on his gunshot wound. And it was just one fatal shot that took him from us.”

Tequila Kansas City Bar “was a home away from home, you could say.”

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Toni Maciel, 36, knew seven of the nine victims personally. While she returned to TKC the following day to be with her “TKC family” and community, she doesn’t feel safe anymore. Maciel knows the wife of the alleged shooter. During a karaoke night just two days prior, she witnessed him physically abuse his wife. Maciel intervened and asked him to leave. “This was a home away from home, you could say,” she told The Kansas City Star. “But after this, I don’t know what would happen with our community.”

Tequila Kansas City Bar hosted a vigil for the victim Sunday night at 7 p.m.

As we report on this story, the community is gathering around TKC to pay vigil to the deceased. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released a statement saying she continues “to be frustrated that these mass shootings and killings occur with regular frequency. Our nation has an obligation to address this ongoing public health crisis.”

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Fans of David Ortiz Celebrated The Baseball Legends Return To Fenway Park

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Fans of David Ortiz Celebrated The Baseball Legends Return To Fenway Park

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From the moment that David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic in early June, his extended family, the Boston Red Sox, have been by his side to provide Big Papi and those close to him with “all available resources” that they may need.

After Ortiz had undergone surgery to have his gallbladder and parts of his intestines removed, the Red Sox sent a medical flight to the Dominican Republic to have him transferred to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment. Big Papi was released in late July following a third surgery. 

David Ortiz surprised his fans at Boston’s Fenway Park as he threw the game’s first pitch.

It has been a long road to recovery, but on Monday, Ortiz made a surprise return to Fenway Park to see his extended family in person, throw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former Red Sox teammate Jason Varitek, and deliver a message to his fans. 

“I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said to the crowd, per ESPN. “I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They always have been there for me, supporting me. … They were the first ones there supporting me.”

“I want to thank you for all for your prayers, all of them came home,” Ortiz continued.

When he threw the pitch, his fans went wild.

Former Red Sox legend David Ortiz threw the first pitch Monday night at Boston’s Fenway Park in a game against the Yankees, marking his first public appearance since he was shot in the Dominican Republic in June.

The pitch, tossed to team captain Jason Varitek, prompted fans to go understandably wild. 

Ortiz also thanked his former teammates as well as the Yankees. 

“A lot of my boys over there came to check on Big Papi; I appreciate it,” he said, likely referencing Yankee players and fellow Dominicans Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnación, who visited Ortiz at his home last week.

All of Boston wanted Big Papi to know that they were there for him.

The Red Sox introduced Ortiz as a symbol of “resilience, strength, triumph and love,” and those words couldn’t be more true of someone who was able to experience a special day like today after fighting for his life with his family, country, and “fuckin’ city” all behind him.

Fans reacted on Twitter with absolute joy.

Fans from New York to Boston reveled in their excitement across social media. People were genuinely shocked to see David Ortiz on the field at Fenway Park throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

It was the sign that so many were waiting for: to know that Big Papi was on the road to recovery.

Even those who ‘detest’ the Red Sox took to Twitter to wish Big Papi well.

In a sign that Big Papi has fans all around the world, even those who claim to hate the Boston Red Sox took to social media to share in the excitement that one of baseball’s greats was back in the game.

David Ortiz had been recovering from a shooting in his native Dominican Republic.

Ortiz had been shot in the back at a bar while visiting his home country. Following the incident, doctors removed his gallbladder and a portion of his intestine, The Associated Press reported. He also sustained liver damage.

The player underwent three surgeries total after experiencing complications from the gunshot wounds, according to his wife, Tiffany Ortiz. In July, he was released from the hospital and started rehabilitation at home, according to the Red Sox. 

The attorney general of the Dominican Republic, Jean Alain Rodriguez, claimed the intended target of the shooting was the person Ortiz was seated next to, Sixto David Fernández.