David Ortiz Relied on Fans for Protection in Dominican Republic
Ortiz usually traveled in the Dominican Republic "with little or no security"
Three-time World Series winner David Ortiz thought his “Big Papi” persona was all the protection he needed while traveling the streets of his hometown, Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
As Sunday night’s apparent murder attempt makes clear, the former Red Sox slugger was wrong.
According to The Associated Press, Ortiz usually traveled in the Dominican Republic “with little or no security” while mixing it up socially with TV personalities, Dominican reggaeton musicians and sometimes unsavory characters.
Apparently, the distance the 43-year-old slugger kept was not quite enough as he now lies in intensive care.
“He felt protected by the people,” the friend said. “He is one of the most loved people in the Dominican Republic. He felt no fear despite the fact that there’s street crime here. Even the guys in the dangerous neighborhoods respected him.”
The murder rate in the country stands at 12.5 killings per 100,000 people, making the Dominican Republic one the most violent countries in the world, according to the U.S. State Department.
Ortiz is still recovering in Boston following a second surgery.
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