Boston (USA), .- Cleveland Indios driver, Terry Francona, who for eight seasons directed the Boston Red Sox with the expelotero David Ortiz Big Papi, leader, declared tonight that the Dominican extoletero is under the supervision of an exceptional medical team.
Francona said he was personally interested in the state of health in which Ortiz is, who was admitted last night at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ortiz arrived in a private plane-ambulance that moved him from Santo Domingo, where he was seriously wounded last Sunday when he was shot by a firearm and the bullet penetrated his back, pierced his abdomen and affected him several times. organs of his body such as the large intestine, the thin, the colon, the liver and had to remove the gallbladder.
The Red Sox were in charge of the payment of all the costs of the shipment of the airplane-ambulance as well as the medical expenses that are necessary for their recovery.
“What I can confirm is that he is in the best hands of medical professionals that I am sure will do an exceptional job and his recovery will be complete,” said Francona.
The current pilot of the Indians reiterated that to speak of Ortiz or to refer to Big Papi is to make him a “unique” person in all aspects.
“Ortiz is a very special person, not only for me, but for many people,” said Francona, who led Ortiz from 2004 to 2011. “He could light a room with his personality, but he also worked hard in his profession and was a team leader, who always made himself respected. “
Big Papi undergoes a second surgery in Boston and Francona confirmed that he had personally spoken to one of the doctors who treated him and said he was in “very good hands”, and that everyone was optimistic about his recovery.
The one that first confirmed the second operation to which Ortiz was subjected was his wife Tiffany in a statement released by the Red Sox.
“He is stable, awake and comfortably resting this morning in the ICU, where he is expected to remain for the next few days,” Tiffany said in his statement.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox leaders have committed to do everything possible to help Ortiz recover, and team president Sam Kennedy describes him as one of the “most beloved players” in his history.
“It would be hard for me to think of someone more dear than David,” Kennedy said Monday when the entire plan to get Ortiz out of Santo Domingo was established. “It’s a very difficult day for the organization, we all love David Ortiz, but you have to put those emotions aside and focus on what is necessary.”
Ortiz, 43, a native of Santo Domingo, played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and made 10 All-Star appearances in his 20-year career.
The extoletero batted 541 homers with 1,768 runs batted in 2,408 games played in the majors and helped Boston win World Series rings in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
Ortiz began his career playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career took off after joining the Red Sox, where he made his best development as a slugger.
Ortiz’s great feat was that he helped the Red Sox capture his first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series.
That title ended with the so-called “curse” of Babe Ruth, the legendary expelotero who left the team to go with his eternal rivals of the New York Yankees and had never returned to win a World Series title until the figure of Ortiz
He was also named Most Valuable Player of the World Series in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals by 4-2 to best of seven.
The Red Sox retired No. 34 from Ortiz in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside of Fenway Park in his honor. Ortiz has a house in Weston, just outside of Boston.
The rest of the baseball players and especially their compatriots, such as Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who was also a star pitcher with the Red Sox and second baseman Robinson Cano, praised the figure of Ortiz and expressed their wishes that has a speedy recovery and that what happened to him does not happen again with “nobody”. (EFE)