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Eduardo Nunez talks to Ortiz, calls shooting 'unimaginable'

Eduardo Nunez talks to Ortiz, calls shooting 'unimaginable'

David Ortiz is in the process of recovering from a shooting that took place in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

In the time since the shooting, Ortiz was flown by the Boston Red Sox back to Massachusetts to receive treatment at Mass. General Hospital. And since he has returned, a friend and current member of the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez, has reached out to him.

Nunez and Ortiz were never teammates, but they do share an agent and have a relationship. Nunez talked to Ortiz briefly in the aftermath of the incident and spoke of his encounter with him.

"I'm very pleased that he's already recovering. ... [Ortiz] said to me, 'How are you, homie? How are you doing?'" Nunez said per ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I replied, 'Hey, it's not about how am I doing, it's about how you're doing! You tell me!'"

It was nice for Nunez to take the time to reach out to Ortiz. Hopefully, the Red Sox legend continues to make a recovery as the Dominican National Police continue on with their investigation of the incident.

Ortiz is expected to make a full recovery, though his wife, Tiffany, confirmed that he would likely remain in the ICU at Mass. General for at least the next few days.

Nunez also discussed the shooting and said that he felt "embarrassed" about what happened and called it a "very bad image" for Dominican players. 

"Just thinking about the fact that this happened to him in the Dominican Republic, it is unimaginable," Nunez told Rivera. "For us, as Dominican players, it's a very bad image. It is an international shame.

"We feel very embarrassed about what happened to him because he is a legend from our homeland, and this happened to him in our homeland."

Reportedly, multiple suspects have been captured by the Dominican police. The first suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting and on Tuesday night, a second suspect was apprehended

On Wednesday, the police announced they had detained five suspects and also reportedly said that the hit-men were given $400,000 Dominican pesos (less than $8,000) to kill Ortiz.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman holds high opinion of Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman holds high opinion of Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom

If you're an MLB general manager looking for an endorsement, there are few that you'd rather get it from than long-time New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Cashman, who has been the Yankees' GM since 1998, is one of the longest-tenured GM's in baseball. Only Oakland Athletics Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, hired in 1997, has been around longer than him. And during Cashman's tenure, the Yankees have won four World Series titles and have made the playoffs 18 times.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have won also four World Series titles during that span, but they've gone through six different GMs/heads of baseball operations. Their latest hire was made this offseason when they lured Chaim Bloom away from the Tampa Bay Rays. And the man running the Yankees is a fan of Bloom's and thinks that he will run the Red Sox well.

"I think Chaim Bloom is going to be a fantastic general manager," Cashman said, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "From my interactions with him, he’s got intellect. He’s got personality. He’s got empathy. I just feel like all of those attributes are going to serve him extremely well as he navigates running a big-market operation, one of the best franchises in the industry."

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That's some seriously high praise considering how well Cashman has guided the Yankees over the course of the past 22 years. Perhaps Bloom, 37, will have a chance to turn into a long-term staple of the Red Sox front office if he can live up to that potential.

So far, Bloom's tenure in Boston has been a rocky one. He had to deal with the fallout from Alex Cora's involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and also made the decision to trade Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 10.

The latter move may ultimately work out, especially considering that the team may not have been able to deal Betts amid the coronavirus pandemic with all MLB actions now frozen. But it was still a tough pill for some Sox fans to swallow considering Betts' talent compared to the lack of talent the team brought in during free agency.

At the end of the day though, it's still far too early to judge Bloom's moves. And he did get a solid haul in the revised edition of the Betts deal. If Cashman has confidence in him, that should be a good sign for the Red Sox and perhaps Bloom will bring stability to the team's front office for the first time in quite a while.

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers doesn't always have the easiest time preparing for games. 

After a breakout season in 2019 (.311, 32 homers, 115 RBI, .916 OPS), the 23-year-old has turned into one of Boston's best at the plate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't experience anxiety. 

The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato sat down with Devers for an interview before the MLB postponed its season due to the coronavirus, and Devers indicated that he still feels a rush before games begin.

“The hardest thing I still go through is every game I still get this anxiousness of the game starting," Devers said, according to Mastrodonato. "It’s this happiness of being out there and being on the field and playing and getting over that anxiety. I’m just over-emotional about the opportunity and being out there playing.

“Because it’s not like a nervous thing, it’s more of an excited thing. That first inning is a big rush. But after that first inning settles, I get an at-bat and it’s like, alright, the game kind of settles. It’s just me being overly emotional about how happy I am.”

“It’s something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here. I’ve been working with previous people in the organization that led me to some of my breathing techniques that I do now. But it’s all about controlling myself. I know it. It’s still there and I’m still working on it. But I have gotten much better at it.”

Of course, you can tell that Devers can't wait to take the field -- he lights up like a kid on Christmas -- but you'd never know truly how emotional he gets. 

In three seasons with the Red Sox, Devers has hit .282 with 211 RBI, 63 home runs and a 5.8 WAR. Based on his 2019 stats, those pregame jitters must've been a little easier to deal with last season. 

Whatever's in store for the Red Sox in 2020, and whenever the baseball season begins, we should expect some big things from Devers in his fourth season.