Big Papi speaks publicly for the first time since shooting

Red Sox

BOSTON (WPRI) — David Ortiz is speaking out publicly for the first time since he was shot while in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz, who Boston Red Sox fans affectionally call “Big Papi,” was sitting at a table inside a bar on a June night when his life changed.

In an exclusive interview with The Boston Globe, he described what it was like to be shot.

“I felt a burning sensation. I felt weird, like not myself, as I went down,” he said.

He said there were times during his long recovery that he thought he was going to die.

“I got to the point that I started losing hope,” he said. “I felt that if I didn’t die, then I would never be the same again.”

Just 12 weeks after the shooting and after undergoing several surgeries and hours of rehabilitation, Ortiz was back on the field throwing out the first pitch before the Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

“I want to thank all of you for all the prayers,” he said.

Now, with a long road to recovery ahead of him, he said he is looking for answers.

“I want to find out who did this. I’m not going to sit around and chill if there’s somebody out there who wants to kill me,” he said.

Ortiz adds he hopes to be fully recovered by Thanksgiving.

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