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It was David Ortiz’s radiant smile and outsize personality as much as his prowess at the plate that made the burly designated hitter one of the most popular players to come out of the Dominican Republic or to wear the uniform of the Boston Red Sox.

And as Ortiz, wounded by an assailant’s bullet in Santo Domingo on Sunday night, flew from his native country to the city where his legend was built — and where his treatment will continue — fans and well-wishers in both places hoped for the best for the 43-year-old ex-slugger known as Big Papi.

Ortiz, who retired in 2016 after a 20-year playing career, was shot in the back at close range around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, in what was described as an ambush-style attack, as he sat at a streetside table at a bar and restaurant in the Dominican capital. Rushed to a nearby clinic, he
reportedly underwent six hours of surgery to remove his gall bladder and parts of his intestine. Doctors also reported damage to his liver.
By Monday afternoon, Ortiz was in good enough condition that medical personnel prepared him to fly to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on a private plane sent by the Red Sox, for whom he still works as a special assistant.
“David’s condition is still serious, but he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston,” Red Sox president and chief executive Sam Kennedy said at a news conferenceconference at Fenway park.

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