As news spread that retired Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic, fans, teammates, and others reacted on Twitter.
Former president Barack Obama invoked how Ortiz helped Boston heal from the Marathon bombings years ago and wished Ortiz a “speedy recovery of his own,” tweeting out a photo of the Sox slugger at the White House.
Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tweeted out a photo of the pair of Boston sports legends clapping hands, adding that Ortiz “defines Boston Strong.”
Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, shared his thoughts with the Globe’s Peter Abraham during an interview:
“What happened to David is a tragedy. There’s no other word for it. We never like to see something like this happen to one of our players. Obviously he’s been a very important player to us for a very long time. Hats off to [Red Sox principal owner] John Henry and [chairman] Tom Werner and [team president] Sam Kennedy for being on top of it. I think it demonstrates the type of organization that they run,” Manfred said.
Former Red Sox teammate and friend Pedro Martinez expressed relief to the news that Ortiz, who had emergency surgery, was out of danger.
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl MVP:
Former Red Sox player Blake Swihart:
New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz:
Celtics player Al Horford, who is also from the Dominican Republic:
Despierto con la noticia de David. Me siento muy triste y estoy orando por su pronta recuperación. Waking up to the news of David, deeply saddens me.I’m praying for his speedy recovery. 🙏🙏🙏— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) June 10, 2019
Former Red Sox star Fred Lynn:
Todd Frazier, New York Mets third baseman
Andrew McCutchen, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder
Pull thru Big Papi🙏🏾. Dang what a world we live in😔— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 10, 2019
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout
Dontrelle Willis, the former Major League pitcher who has worked with Ortiz on Fox Sports as an MLB studio analyst, tweeted that he is praying for Ortiz
Kevin Burkhardt, another Fox Sports colleague, shared his concern.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora:
Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez:
Brewers infielder and former Red Sox player Travis Shaw:
Author Stephen King, a proud Red Sox fan, was aware of the news, which broke during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Blues.
Hoping David Ortiz is okay.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 10, 2019
Celtics great Bill Russell:
Thoughts and prayers to David Ortiz and his family. A man that defines the city of Boston. 🙏🏼 Get better Big Papi.— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) June 10, 2019
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh:
Boston Fire Department:
US Representative Ayanna Pressley:
Fans at Fenway Park on Monday: