David Ortiz, baseball legend, shot at Dominican Republic bar

David Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016 and the Red Sox retired his number in 2017

"I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time", Tiffany Ortiz's statement said.

Reports have since surfaced that Big Papi was shot as a result of dealing with the wife of a drug lord, which might explain why the shooter came into the bar and only targeted him. Ortiz was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

Authorities said Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz in the back at almost point-blank range around 8:50 p.m. local time at the Dial Bar and Lounge.

Police said Ortiz was shot at almost point-blank range by a man identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25.

Authorities have both men in custody but have only identified the driver.

Pedro went on to say Ortiz is like a brother to him.

Tiffany Ortiz released a statement through the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday morning, and she said David is "resting comfortably" after undergoing a second successful surgery at Mass General Hospital. He is now in stable condition, and is awaiting approval from doctors to be transported to the United States.

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Also wounded in the attack were the Boston baseball legend's friend, TV host Jhoel Lopez, and a third person.

Ortiz reportedly is in stable condition following a lengthy surgery late Sunday night, and the Red Sox are working to transport him to Boston for further treatment, per a report.

An air ambulance owned by the team was flying Ortiz to Massachusetts General Hospital hours later.

He led Boston Red Sox to three World Series championships and hit 541 home runs. "I'd be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David".

"He finds himself in a good state of mind and is waiting to travel to Boston ... to see his personal doctors and his wife", said Dr. Jose Abel Gonzalez, one of the surgeons who saved the All-Star's life.

"I would reach back grabbing his hand and driving with the other", Salvador said of the ride to the hospital.

He had helped rally the city after the Boston Marathon bombings that year, giving a speech at Fenway Park, telling the crowd to stay "Boston strong".

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