On June 9, Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball icon David Ortiz was shot in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Ortiz will make a full recovery after being promptly getting medical attention, and the former slugger returned to Boston for further treatment the next day.
The news of the shooting shook the baseball world, and fans from across the globe were wishing him well. And one Dominican basketball team honored their hero with customized jerseys.
The Dominican Basketball team wore customized jerseys Monday that featured Ortiz's face, in order to pay tribute to their beloved countryman before their game.
The jersey also included Ortiz's nickname "Big Papi" written on the shirt he is wearing on the bright orange jersey sported by Huellas del Siglo in the Dominican Republic.
#BREAKING: Dominican prosecutors announce they’ve captured THREE more suspects, bringing the total to NINE, in the alleged murder for hire plot against David Ortiz.— Anaridis Rodriguez (@Anaridis) June 14, 2019
One is a woman, two are prison inmates.
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Since the shooting of Big Papi, officials in the Dominican Republic have arrested several suspects.
While he's expected to make a full recovery, the incident gave everyone quite a scare, and also showed just how beloved the former Red Sox star is across the world. This was an awesome tribute from some of the biggest Papi fans out there.