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.
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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. If there is one thing this world should know it is the admiration I have for this man, my father. I find myself complaining on a daily basis yet chaos has struck but my dad hasn’t complained once. I promise on my life he has not once looked for pity, tears, or even indicated how he feels in his current state. He may be hungry (he’s eating only ice right now) and he may be tired but you know what he said not more than 3 minutes ago? “Even the toothpaste tastes good here.” I hoped to share a bit of optimism in a time like this. People keep asking: [if] there is anything [they] can do. There is one thing everyone can do. Anytime you want to complain or feel sorry practice David’s method and turn that sorrow into optimism. #myRemarkableDadDavid #IceChipDiet #ThankYouDoctorsDominicanandAmerican
"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.
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
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.