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David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

This Father's Day hit close to home for Tiffany Ortiz.

Sunday marked exactly one week since Tiffany's husband, former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, was shot outside a bar in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz sustained serious injuries but is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital and expected to make a full recovery, which had Tiffany counting her blessings in a Father's Day Instagram tribute to "Big Papi."

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This Fathers Day brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters. This man, my husband, the father of our beautiful children has been the center of our universe for as long as we have been together (23years strong). It has been deeply felt that the outside world also acknowledges his presence as a father figure to all. Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love. Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune. Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love ❤️ #PapisDay #Fathersday #surroundyourselveswithreallove #groundyourselfinnature #connectwithgod #allwehaveisthepresentmoment #familyovereverything #weallhaveapurposeinlife #iambeyondgrateful #pleasekeepPapiinyourprayers 🙏🏽💙

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Juliana Ramirez, the wife of Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez, was among thousands to comment on Tiffany's post with their well wishes.

David and Tiffany's two children, DeAngelo and Alexandria, also posted Instagram tributes to their father Sunday, as the family is sticking close together while Ortiz recovers.

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A late Happy Father’s Day to my day one. Nothing more to say other than thank you for the sacrifices you have made to give not only me but our entire family the whole world in our eyes. You have worked so tremendously hard while not fully enjoying the fruits of your labor. The thing you said today that made me pause was: “sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day.” Shortly after I replied “we still have Dominican Father’s Day” through invading tears as I can’t wait to show you the Game of Thrones inspired gift. Also, unrelated, I can now read Tarot cards only in terms of Game of Thrones. Feliz día de los padres tardío a mi papá. No queda mucho por decir mas que darte las gracias por los sacrificios que has hecho para darme no solo a mi sino a toda nuestra familia el mundo en nuestros ojos. Has construido una vida tremenda incluso sin poder disfrutar de tus frutos. Lo que dijiste hoy que me hizo pausar fue: “perdóname, así no es que celebramos el Día del Padre.” Poco después, te respondí “Aún tenemos el Día del Padre Dominicano,” a través de las lágrimas que me invadían. No puedo esperar a enseñarte tu regalo inspirado en Game of Thrones. En otra nota, puedo leer cartas del Tarot relacionadas a Game of Thrones.

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Alexandria included an emotional detail in her post, mentioning that Ortiz told her Sunday, "sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day."

But the Ortiz clan seems to be rallying around David, just as authorities attempt to administer justice in the expanding case: Nine suspects now have been indicted in connection to Ortiz's shooting, while a 10th has turned himself in.

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Red Sox RF Mookie Betts (left foot inflammation) listed as day-to-day

Red Sox RF Mookie Betts (left foot inflammation) listed as day-to-day

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little longer to get Mookie Betts back into the lineup.

The team announced Tuesday the results of Betts' MRI, which showed the star right fielder has inflammation in his left foot. The 2018 AL MVP has been listed as "day-to-day" and his status will be closely monitored. 

Betts already has missed the past three games due to the injury, but with only 13 games remaining, he's hoping to return before the season ends. 

If Betts is able to return to the lineup over the weekend, manager Alex Cora noted that he will be the designated hitter, according to ESPN.

Betts, 26, batting .293 this season with 28 home runs, 78 RBI's and a .918 OPS. He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

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David Ortiz not afraid to return to the Dominican Republic after shooting

David Ortiz not afraid to return to the Dominican Republic after shooting

David Ortiz met with reporters for the first time since he was shot at a bar in the Dominican Republic Monday, opening up on his recovery and how the experience has changed him. 

Oritz detailed the feeling of getting shot and how a good samaritan rushed him out of the bar and to the hospital before it was too late in an interview with Bob Hohler, so Monday's session was a chance for the Red Sox legend to open up a bit further. 

Even though Ortiz nearly died due to an act of senseless violence in his own country, he explained that he is not afraid to return home but will have to be more careful in the future.

"Now, I guess, once I'm down there, I guess I'm going to have to have my security," Ortiz said. "I never did it because I thought it was too lousy and I never thought anybody would do anything like that to me, or to anyone. But you learn.

"I was sitting on the street, with my back to the street," he said. "Like, when you do things like that, you know that you don’t have a  problem with anyone. Because if you have a problem with someone, you’d never put your back to the street because you know that’s how somebody could easily attack you. It happened to me knowing that I don’t have enemies anywhere, so now I’m going to have to be more careful about it, that’s all."

The future Hall of Fame slugger has hired former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis to investigate his shooting so Ortiz can find out why he was targeted the night of June 9th. Reports after the shooting suggested that Ortiz was not the intended target by the gunman, but either way, Ortiz wants to know for sure. 

"I've got to just be able to make sure it wasn't directed to me because I don't do things to deserve anything like that, you know? So I pretty much hired my own group, you know, to get together with them to find out and go through all the details and stuff," he said. "I respect what they came out with, but I would like to know if there is something else." 

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