I write about dollars and cents in the world of sports. This article is more than 2 years old. Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin After outlasting fourteen other international teams, Dominican Republic baseball fans may soon have cause to celebrate, as the team faces Puerto Rico for a chance to be live dominican baseball world champion in the World Baseball Classic. Through three rounds paired against some of the greatest baseball players in the world, the Dominican Republic made its case as to its status as a nation responsible for breeding some of baseball's best players. For baseball fans, the talent held by and success of Dominican players is not news.
Interested in MLB? MLB Add Interest The bullet entered Ortiz's back and exited through his abdomen, according to Ortiz's father, Americo Enrique Ortiz, who spoke to reporters outside the hospital in Santo Domingo where his son was being treated.
He said his son got out of surgery just after midnight on Monday and was in stable condition.
Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox president and chief executive officer, said Monday afternoon that the team sent a medical air ambulance to pick up Ortiz and jet him back to Boston to be treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.
He said he hoped Ortiz would be back in Boston "sometime later tonight.
In the Dominican Republic, Dr. Abel Gonzalez said the shooting left Ortiz, the married father of three children, with significant injuries.
We had to remove part of the intestines as well as [part of] the liver," Gonzalez said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in the nation's capital. Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows a crowded bar with people scattering after shots are fired and Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appear to grab his side and then collapse.
Lopez suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police said they believe Lopez was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz. The man who allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting was identified by police as year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia.
Duran declined to elaborate on what the suspect told the police, or if he was the man seen in the video pulling the trigger. In a brief statement, police said they do not believe robbery was the motive. Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to the police and taken to a hospital for treatment.
He was treated and released into police custody. Garcia suffered a head contusion, trauma to his thorax and injuries to his left knee and right leg when the crowd detained him, according to the Dominican Republic National Health Service.
Duran said Garcia appeared to be under the influence when police took him into custody. He said police are awaiting a toxicology report to determine if Garcia was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Duran said Garcia has a criminal record, including minor drug trafficking arrests. Kennedy, the Red Sox president, said a medical team in Boston has been in communication with physicians treating Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. He said Ortiz's condition is "still serious.
Gonzalez said Ortiz was conscious on Monday afternoon and his blood pressure was good. He said he wanted to make it clear that his son, who was born in Santo Domingo and is one of the most famous baseball players in the country's rich history of the sport, was not being taken back to the U.
David Ortiz left the hospital by ambulance just after 5 p. News of Ortiz being shot reached some Boston officials, including Mayor Marty Walsh, as they were helping to launch a new gun violence prevention effort in the city.
Hopefully, he's OK. He's credited with helping to break the so-called "Curse of the Bambino," derived from the Red Sox sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in and, according to superstition, led to Boston's year championship drought.
Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a legend in the Dominican Republic in his own right, and a former teammate with Ortiz on the champion Red Sox team, tweeted, "I'm at peace knowing you out of danger, you a strong man Compai, can't wait to hear your voice.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.
Orando, nos vemos pronto pic. He hit. He finished his career with career home runs, 17th all-time, and was eighth all-time in extra-base hits 1, and 12th all-time in doubles