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Monday BP, 6/10

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David Ortiz was hospitalized following a shooting last night at an entertainment center in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz appears to have been a target of the attack. Ortiz appears to be in stable condition at the moment, but per this translated tweet —

(Journalist Leo López @ SportLeoLopez assistant to David Ortiz in press and business affairs at ESPN Digital: “Ortiz had to remove parts of the intestines and the colon and remove the gallbladder, and his liver was also damaged.”) — his injuries are severe.

I’m one of the dreamers who think that when players retire, they disappear into a special farm filled with other retired baseball players, the lot of them jumping and playing and relaxing without a care in the world.

Unfortunately, no such quarter exists with reality. David Ortiz’s life goes on after baseball, and it would appear our memory of him does, too. This particular news had a weird down and up sensation to it — the initial report(s) said that he had been shot in the leg and was fine. It was only a short time later as more reports came in that it was clear something far more destructive had happened.