Red Sox

David Ortiz makes first public comments since his shooting in the Dominican Republic

David Ortiz makes first public comments since his shooting in the Dominican Republic

David Ortiz spoke on his experience during and after his shooting in the Dominican Republic in his first public comments regarding the event. 

In a story by Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe, Ortiz detailed the shooting, a person in the bar who rushed to save him, his surgeries and how his views of the world have changed since that night. 

I felt a burning sensation. I felt weird, like not myself, as I went down... People need to understand, this isn’t a movie where you get shot in the street and you’re back two minutes later. 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.

Right after Ortiz got shot, people began to scatter, leaving the Red Sox legend alone on the floor. However, a man named Eliezer Salvador helped Ortiz, put him in his car and rushed him to the hospital, ramming cars that parked him in at the bar. 

Ortiz then went through two surgeries to repair the damage done to his intestines and liver. Three weeks later he began suffering from a bacterial infection that would require a third procedure. Thankfully he averted the potential danger and returned home a month after his third surgery. 

Still, the mystery behind his shooting lingered in his mind enough for him to hire former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis to investigate.

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... One lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t be naive. There are a lot of things going on now that you have to be aware of. I need to pay attention and be more careful.

Ortiz made his return to Fenway Park this past Monday to throw out the first pitch and he is expected to return as an analyst for the MLB Playoffs this fall. 

We'll eventually find out what was behind his shooting and the motivations involved, but the most important thing is that Ortiz lived through it and is able to speak on the incident, rather than having June 9th as his last moments. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.