The sports world was shocked into a catatonic state late Sunday night when reports were confirmed that Red Sox legend David Ortiz had been shot and rushed into surgery, muttering haunting words to doctors as he was led away.
Those of us who stayed awake with bated breath received word late at night, per the family, that the worst was over for Ortiz, and he had reached stable condition.
However, the translated details we received early Monday morning about his surgical procedure show just how dire the situation still was after Big Papi arrived at the hospital.
Ortiz's father appears to have released a conflicting report, possibly to quash public worry. The bottom line is, Papi's stability appears to be confirmed, which is the most important element by far. A full recovery seems probable.
For now, it's rest and recuperation for a larger-than-life figure in Boston sports. And who better to handle a comeback than Big Papi? We just can't wait for the walk-off.