Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday and suffered damage to multiple organs, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the latest reports.
As news of the shooting spread, an outpouring of support came from athletes across multiple sports. Former Red Sox teammates led the charge on social media and were joined by other baseball players, including Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, as well as NBA star Karl Anthony-Towns and former Boston Celtics fan favorites Kendrick Perkins and Isaiah Thomas.
Among those also offering their thoughts and well-wishes was former United States President Barack Obama, who welcomed Ortiz to the White House after Boston's 2013 World Series championship.
That title came mere months after the events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Obama referenced the terrorist attack, and Ortiz's "spirit and resolve" in its wake, in his tweet to the former slugger on Monday morning.
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
Ortiz received national attention after the bombing for his impassioned speech to Red Sox fans, during which he famously declared "this is our f---ing city, and nobody's going to dictate our freedom."
The team rallied behind the "Boston Strong" slogan for the remainder of the season before defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games in the World Series. Ortiz was named the most valuable player of the series.