After being shot in the back by a hitman hired by a crime lord at a Dominican Republic nightclub — who thought the former Red Sox player was having an affair with his wife — ‘Big Papi’ is back in Boston. The team plane was sent to bring him back and an ambulance with a police escort brought David Ortiz quickly to Massachusetts General Hospital, a world-class hospital.


Ortiz is a home-town hero, credited with helping Boston recover from the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

Last night, before the Red Sox game against the Texas Rangers, the players lined up silently on the field and asked fans for a moment of silence in honor of Ortiz.