Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke out about being shot in the Dominican Republic to media outlets for the first time this week.
Ortiz was shot in June in an incident that nearly cost him his life. He underwent multiple surgeries, and was released from the hospital at the end of July.
Big Papi opened up about the shooting in an emotional interview with Univision, saying that he thought he was “having a nightmare” at the time.
Ortiz also described to The Boston Globe the moment he was shot while sitting with friends at the Dial Bar and Lounge in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz said he did not feel the wound at first, and talked about how he was rushed to a local hospital in a Rolls-Royce SUV by another person at the bar.
“People need to understand, this isn’t a movie where you get shot in the street and you’re back two minutes later,” Ortiz told The Boston Globe. “No, I got shot and almost died. I only have one life to live. I can’t just go to the pharmacy and buy another one.”