David Ortiz makes first comments since leaving hospital after shooting

Retired Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz said Monday in his first words since leaving the hospital nearly two months after being shot in the Dominican Republic that he's enjoying "priceless" time with his loved ones.

The sure-fire Hall of Fame slugger posted an Instagram picture of a steak on BBQ grill with English and Spanish words: "Being at home and look at my family celebrating that lm here safe is priceless...Thank for all the prayers."

He lamented that he's, for now, limited in how much he can eat.

"Too bad l can't crush food yet," Ortiz wrote along with pictures of a New York strip steak, pasta, and fish.

The 43-year-old, three-time World Series winner, known affectionately as "Big Papi," is safe at home after he was nearly killed in the Dominican Republic on June 9.

Ortiz was shot at the Dial Bar and Lounge where he had gone to with friends.

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 30: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox reacts with his son D'Angelo Ortiz before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 30, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 30: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on with his son D'Angelo Ortiz before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 30, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox is introduced alongside his son D'Angelo Ortiz during a retirement ceremony before his final game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on September 29, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox poses with his wife Tiffany and daughter Alex before his final game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on September 29, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks off the field with his family after a retirement ceremony before his final game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on September 29, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Alex Ortiz, daughter of David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox, reacts after completing the National Anthem before the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on April 11, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts . (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 11: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hugs his daughter, Alexandra Ortiz, after she sang the national anthem before the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park for their home opener of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Dominican authorities don't believe Ortiz was the intended target, saying the the gunman was actually aiming for Sixto David Fernández, who happened to be sharing a table with the baseball legend.

Authorities shared that New Jersey native Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, one of 14 suspects arrested in connection to the attack, was the alleged gunman hired to take out Fernández.

Earlier this month the Dominican Republic's attorney general, Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez, said they believe Victor Hugo Gómez Vasquez, an alleged member of Mexico's Del Golfo drug cartel, orchestrated the alleged hit on Fernández.

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Investigative police collect evidence at the Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
Eliezer Salvador, who said he took former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to the hospital after he was shot the day before, holds Ortiz's shoes while speaking to the press outside the hospital where Ortiz is being treated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzmán)
A bloodied towel sits in the vehicle that was used to rush Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to the hospital the previous day after he was shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzmán)
An investigative police officer works to collect evidence outside the Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot inside the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
The Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
A police officer stands guard at the hospital where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hospitalized after being shot the previous day in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
The ambulance carrying former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is parked next to a small ambulance plane that will fly him to Boston, at Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed the previous day by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Juan Miguel Peña)
Some people and relatives of the former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz try to prevent the media from getting close and taking pictures of Ortiz in an ambulance at a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, before he was carried to the airport Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. And now the Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
Porfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
Joel Rodríguez Cruz, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
José Eduardo Ciprian, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
The director of the National Police, General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte shows the weapon that was used to shoot former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, during a press conference at the Attorney General's Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting, the Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor said Wednesday. (AP Photo / Roberto Guzman)
En esta fotografía del 11 de junio de 2019, Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, detenido en relación con el ataque a tiros contra el ex toletero de los medias Rojas de Boston, David Ortiz, es conducido por policías a un tribunal en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. Su abogado, Deivi Solano, dijo que Feliz García no tenía idea de quien se trataba y confío en que le imputen complicidad en un intento de homicidio. (AP Foto/Roberto Guzman)
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The two are cousins, but Vasquez allegedly orchestrated the murder-for-hire plot because Fernández turned him in to Dominican drug investigators in 2011.

Vasquez was arrested last month in Santo Domingo.

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