Reiter: Who Would Target David Ortiz?

It's "shocking" that someone would target Ortiz, who is beloved everywhere he goes, Ben Reiter says

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June 11, 2019 - 8:19 am
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David Ortiz is in a Boston hospital, this after being shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night. Ortiz was shot in the back and underwent surgery to remove portions of his intestines and gall bladder. 

The baseball world remains in shock as this story continues to develop.

“Initially you thought it was a robbery,” Sports Illustrated MLB writer Ben Reiter said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We know that Big Papi likes to wear a lot of jewelry, and maybe it was a random act of violence. But it couldn’t be so random because everybody obviously in the DR knows who he is. Then you saw that security footage, and it was clear this was targeted. It was clear this was a hit. There was no robbery attempt.

“Thank God it seems like he’s going to pull through this,” Reiter continued. “But there’s going to be a lot more to this story as we try to figure out exactly what happened. Who would target a guy who – one thing you can say about him, he never had any enemies. On the field, off the field – one of the more shocking people that something like this could happen to.”

Ortiz, 43, played for the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016, earning 10 All-Star nods and winning three World Series titles. He is, quite simply, an icon.

“When you talk about Boston, he’s clearly in the pantheon of all-timers,” Reiter said. “Ted Williams, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, David Ortiz. This is not somebody who was booed even in Yankee Stadium. He’s so beloved, his personality is so endearing, that even fans who had every reason to hate him never did.”

Reiter also weighed in on the Red Sox (34-33), who trail Tampa Bay (41-24) by eight games in the AL East.

“It has not been a good first 67 games for the Boston Red Sox,” he said. “The good news is that the AL is so crappy right now – there’s a few good teams like the Astros, the Twins, the Rays, the Yankees and maybe the Indians. There’s nobody else. You’re talking about six teams already quite clearly fighting for those five playoff spots. And even with this miserable start – perhaps there’s some World Series hangover – the Red Sox don’t have too much competition to get into the playoffs. And as we saw last year, when they get hot, they get really hot.”

Click below to listen to Reiter’s interview in its entirety.