The baseball world was shaken Sunday night when former Red Sox designated hitter and future Hallof Famer David Ortiz was shot in the lower abdomen in what was reported as a homicide attempt in his native Dominican Republic.
As details of the shooting became public throughout the night, baseball fans of every stripe came together to send best wishes Ortiz and his family. On Wednesday, Ortiz's daughter, Alex, took to Instagram to thank everyone for their outpouring of support and kindness.
"I would like to formally thank everyone who has reached out so kindly to feed us, transport us, and support us. Those who have extended prayers, thoughts, and love, I thank you," Alex Ortiz wrote.
Support from all ends of the baseball world was directed toward Big Papi as soon as the news broke, from the Red Sox family to rival fans to former President Barack Obama.
Regardless of which team you root for, this is the kind of thing that eliminates rivalry lines and brings everyone together. More than anything, we're all happy to hear that Big Papi is expected to make a proper recovery.