‘Big Pappy’ David Ortiz Hall of Fame Bound
When the clock strikes 7:15 p.m. in the Dominican Republic this Tuesday, one of the country’s most beloved players in the United States could be receiving a call that literally changes his life. David Américo Ortiz Arias, better known as Big Pappy, could receive the news that he would enter the Cooperstown Hall of Fame as the fourth Dominican baseball player to be inducted.
He’s expected to join Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez and Vladimir Guerrero as the only Dominicans with a niche in the museum of the immortals and only the second to achieve it in their first year on the ballot.
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The Ortiz achievement will be even more sentimental for the Dominican people because only a few years ago, he was the victim of an attempted murder, as he was shot in the stomach at a club in his home country.
As Site Nestor wrote at the time:
Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from surgery after being shot Sunday at a club in his native Dominican Republic, according to police. Ortiz was shot in the back by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz atthe Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo, said Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police.”The bullet went through his stomach,” Durán Mejia told CNN. Ortiz, 43, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Surveillance footage from the club shows an area of packed tables. Clubgoers are drinking, mingling and fiddling with their phones when a shooter approaches from the top of the screen, the short clip, obtained by CNN affiliate Telesistema, shows.Only the shooter’s legs are visible when a shot is fired and one of the club’s patrons falls out of his chair, the video shows. Frightened bystanders knock over chairs as they flee.Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, spoke to reporters outside the hospital after his son’s surgery.”He is resting right now. He is stable,” he said in Spanish.A second person, television host Jhoel Lopez, who was with Ortiz, was also shot, according to his wife, Liza Blanco.”They were both on their backs. It was very fast. He doesn’t remember much because he was also in shock from the bullet wound,” Blanco told reporters in Spanish. “But thank God he is stable.”