The Sports world was taken aback with the news that Red Sox legend David Ortiz had been shot Sunday night in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz was shot in the back and is in stable condition following surgery. The alleged gunman is in police custody.
Sports figured past and present took to social media to express their shock and sadness over the shooting and to wish Big Papi well.
Former teammate Pedro Martinez said he was “at peace” knowing his country-mate was out of danger.
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Former Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester and infielders Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell also chimed in.
Utter shock. That was no robbery, that was a hit, and they better get to the bottom of it. Thank god no amount of evil or hate can overcome a heart that big. You got this @davidortiz, we love you bro!
— Jon Lester (@JLester34) June 10, 2019
Keep fighting @davidortiz!!! No coward can take down a super hero like you. Love you buddy!!! 🙏
— Kevin Youkilis (@GreekGodOfHops) June 10, 2019
Great to hear @davidortiz is stable and will make a full recovery. My heart sank when I heard the news. Prayers to him, Tiffany and the kids.
— Mike Lowell (@mikelowell25) June 10, 2019
Several other current and former Boston sports figured have been sending their loves Big Papi’s way as well including the GOAT Tom Brady.
Papi defines Boston Strong… get well soon my friend!!! pic.twitter.com/QFFJ4nvQnU
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 10, 2019
Despierto con la noticia de David. Me siento muy triste y estoy orando por su pronta recuperación. Waking up to the news of David, deeply saddens me.I’m praying for his speedy recovery. 🙏🙏🙏
— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) June 10, 2019
Stay strong Legend ..the world goin out sad
— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) June 10, 2019
Awaiting an update on @davidortiz being shot in his hometown in the DR. Our thoughts are with Tiffany and their entire family. Praying for a quick recovery! He does so much for so many @MLB @RedSox pic.twitter.com/w7zWr5neOz
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 10, 2019
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019