Pedro Martinez breaks down in tears while talking about David Ortiz shooting

Pedro Martinez couldn’t hold back his love and admiration for David Ortiz.

On Tuesday night. Martinez, the MLB Hall of Famer who works as an analyst for MLB Network, was asked about Ortiz, his close friend and former Boston Red Sox teammate who was transported to Boston after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.

Martinez, a fellow native of the Dominican Republic, broke down in tears and called his friend a “role model” and a “strong-hearted person.”

“I don’t have enough words to describe who David is, what David means to baseball,” Martinez said. “But I’m so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But it hurts me. It hurts me.”

Ortiz transported to Boston for additional care

Ortiz, 43, was ambushed and shot in the back Sunday night in a club in Santo Domingo, his hometown. He underwent emergency surgery after reportedly suffering organ damage in the shooting. Ortiz responded positively to the surgery, allowing him to be transported from the Dominican Republic to Boston on Monday, courtesy of the Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox baseball great David Ortiz, right, laughs with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Fenway Park in Boston as the team retired Ortiz's jersey No. 34 worn when he led the franchise to three World Series titles. It is the 11th number retired by the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) stands on the field with former teammate Pedro Martinez during ceremonies to honor Ortiz before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez embraces former teammate David Ortiz prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez embraces former teammate David Ortiz prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, right, is greeted by current player David Ortiz during ceremonies honoring the "All-Time Fenway Team" prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, left, and New York Mets' Pedro Martinez chat before the start of a major league baseball game Tuesday, June 27, 2006 in Boston. This was the first game at Fenway Park for Martinez who left the Red Sox for the Mets last season. (AP Photo/Rick Silva)
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Boston Red Sox players from left to right: Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, and David Ortiz film a "We're going to Disney World" commercial after winning the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez (R) and slugger David Ortiz (L) check out Mickey Mouse's red socks after a parade at Walt Disney World October 29, 2004 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Hundreds of fans turned out to support the World Series champions. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 27: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox jokes with former teammate Pedro Martinez #45 of the New York Mets before their game on June 27, 2006 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 29: Before tonight's game, a ceremony was held on the field to honor David Ortiz, left, Pedro Martinez, right, and Manny Ramirez, center, along with Red Sox owner John Henry, the Red Sox Foundation, as well as fans for giving more than $200,000 to rebuild the town of Jimani, Dominican Republic following catastrophic floods in May of 2004. The three stars and former teammates shared a group hug as they met on the field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PUERTO RICO - MARCH 07: The Dominican Republic vs. The Netherlands in game 1 of the World Baseball Classic at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Netherlands wins 3-2. 7th inning, Pedro Martinez celebrates with David Ortiz as he comes out of game., (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, Ortiz underwent “exploratory” surgery upon his arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The surgery lasted until around 1 a.m. ET and Ortiz is in stable condition and will remain in intensive care.

From ESPN:

Ortiz is currently still in intensive care, and will be ‬closely monitored for the next 24-48 hours, during which visits will be limited. Doctors have said that they expect a full recovery. Ortiz has also been alert and has talked to his family; spokesperson Leo López added "he even flashed that smile."

Dominican police say Ortiz was shot by 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia around 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Garcia was observed getting off a motorcycle and shooting Ortiz from a short distance away. The bullet reportedly hit Ortiz in his lower back and went through his body. Those close to Ortiz believe the shooting was an attempt on the former MLB slugger’s life. Police are investigating a motive for the crime.

"To see someone just want to take his life away in such a coward way, it bothers me. It bothers me deeply," Martinez said.

On Monday night in Boston, the Red Sox held a moment of silence in Ortiz’s honor before their game at Fenway Park.

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