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Terry Francona shows love for David Ortiz, discusses their unique bond

Terry Francona shows love for David Ortiz, discusses their unique bond

Terry Francona and David Ortiz spent eight seasons together and won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox. They go way back.

So when Francona, now manager of the Cleveland Indians, learned his former player had been shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, he understandably was concerned.

But Francona said Tuesday his concerns were somewhat allayed when he learned Ortiz had been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday for further treatment.

"I know he’s in great hands," Francona told reporters Tuesday. "I actually spoke to the doctor today and he couldn’t be in a better place or with better people."

Francona would know. The 60-year-old manager, who has dealt with an irregular heartbeat and other health problems over the years, said he spoke to the same doctor who treated him several years ago.

"That was sort of our inside joke," Francona said. "(The doctor) said he's medevaced two people: me and David."

Ortiz underwent a second surgery late Monday night and showed signs of progress Tuesday as he recovers from a gunshot wound he suffered in what's being called an attempted murder.

The former Red Sox slugger has received an outpouring of support during his recovery, and Francona was happy to pile on.

"He’s a very special person, not to just to me, to a lot of people," Francona said of Ortiz. " ... Extremely endearing. He could light up a room or put a room at ease with his smile."

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Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox on Monday paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

At a nearly-empty Fenway Park, the Red Sox honored Memorial Day by dropping the American flag over the Green Monster. Robert Bean, a Medford, Mass., native and retired member of the United States Marine Corps and National Guard, performed “Taps” to top off the moving tribute.

See more from the ceremony below:


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Boston was supposed to host the Kansas City Royals for a Memorial Day matchup. Unfortunately, we were unable to be treated to baseball on the holiday, but credit to the Red Sox for going on with their tribute to our fallen heroes.

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.