Boston Pink Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez lamented the truth that David Ortiz was shot of their native Dominican Republic, calling the incident an “worldwide disgrace.”
Nunez, who’s mates with Ortiz and shares an agent with the previous Pink Sox star, advised ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he spoke with Ortiz on the telephone Tuesday, lower than two days after the taking pictures at a membership in Santo Domingo.
Though Nunez stated he was completely satisfied to listen to that Ortiz is recovering, he stated Dominican gamers really feel “embarrassed” that a “legend” like Ortiz was shot of their homeland.
“Simply enthusiastic about the truth that this occurred to him within the Dominican Republic, it’s unimaginable,” Nunez advised Rivera on Wednesday. “For us, as Dominican gamers, it is a very dangerous picture. It’s a world disgrace.
“We really feel very embarrassed about what occurred to him as a result of he’s a legend from our homeland, and this occurred to him in our homeland.”
Nunez stated he was completely satisfied to have had the chance to talk with Ortiz.
“I am very happy that he is already recovering. … [Ortiz] stated to me, ‘How are you, homie? How are you doing?'” Nunez stated. “I replied, ‘Hey, it isn’t about how am I doing, it is about the way you’re doing! You inform me!’
“It was only a temporary greeting, however it felt good to have the chance to speak to him over the telephone.”
Ortiz’s spouse, Tiffany, introduced earlier Wednesday that Ortiz will stay within the intensive care unit at Boston’s Massachusetts Basic Hospital “for the approaching days.”
Ortiz underwent emergency surgical procedure Sunday night time within the Dominican Republic to restore harm to his intestines and his liver. He was stabilized after which flown to Boston and brought to Mass Basic, the place a second surgical procedure was carried out late Monday night time.
Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a person who obtained off a bike and shot him within the again at practically point-blank vary round eight:50 p.m. native time on the Dial Bar and Lounge.
The Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday stated police have 5 individuals in custody, together with the alleged gunman, and that a sixth suspect can also be being pursued.
Witnesses stated the assault was carried out by two males on a bike and two different teams of individuals in vehicles, and authorities stated the coordinator of the taking pictures was supplied 400,000 pesos (about $7,800) to hold out the crime.
Nunez, who spoke with Rivera earlier than Boston’s recreation Wednesday afternoon in opposition to the Texas Rangers, known as Ortiz a “very particular individual” for all Dominican gamers.
“I really feel horrible,” Nunez stated. “He’s a world determine, an icon of our sport. He is somebody who’s opened so many doorways for youthful Dominican gamers and Latinos typically. He at all times advocates for the most effective for the Dominican Republic. For younger Latinos, he is at all times there providing you recommendation. He is a really particular individual for all of us.”