David Ortiz, otherwise known as “Big Papi”, was relaxing at a bar in the Dominican Republic on June 9thwhen he was suddenly shot in the back. The Dominican Republic is the birthplace of MLB All-Star “Big Papi” which raises the question: why would someone make the decision to assassinate him?
Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez was the man accused of paying Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota $10,000 before the shooting took place. There were many people involved in the shooting, but Rolfi Ferreira Cruz is the accused gunman. As he was trying to escape his getaway driver’s motorcycle stalled and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia was brutally beaten.
David Ortiz was one of the most beloved players in all of baseball which makes it harder to understand why someone would want to do something like this. With his career 2,472 Hits, 541 Homeruns, .286 Batting Average, 1,768 Runs Batted In, it makes him an arguable first ballot hall of famer. Also, he has also started the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which is for children in New England and the Dominican Republic who are in need of critical cardiac services, but they cannot afford it.
Ortiz returned to Boston on September 9th, 2019 to throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game. It was an emotional day for the fans of Big Papi and the entire city of Boston. Fenway Park erupted to see one of Boston’s favorite players walk out of the tunnel.