Watch: Alex Cora gets emotional when reflecting on David Ortiz

Rob Bradford
June 10, 2019 - 8:15 pm

It was a day of emotion at Fenway Park Monday.

Meeting with the media prior to his team's game against the Rangers at Fenway Park Alex Cora spent his entire pregame session answering questions about David Ortiz' shooting incident and the impact the former Red Sox slugger has made on so many. (To view Cora's opening statement see the above video.)

"I always said you can be great in the sport," Cora said. "You can be average or you can suck. But at the end, you can be a good teammate, a good person, great with the people around you. It gets to a point where you are not a baseball player anymore. You might play three years, five, 13, 20. But when it’s over it’s over. And then life, you have to live. And when people remember you or they treat you because they remember you as a great person, you did it right your teammates, coaching staff, the people that worked in the organization you played for. With David, we know what type of player he was, but we know what type of person he is and if he was that good as a player. As a person, he’s way, way better than that. That’s who David is."

Prior to Cora speaking Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy was joined by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and assistant general manager Eddie Romero to offer details regarding the moments since it was learned that Ortiz had been shot.

The following was Kennedy's opening remarks:

"The events of last night shook our Red Sox family to its core. David Ortiz is one of the most celebrated and beloved members of the Red Sox family. On behalf of our entire organization, our thoughts and our prayers are with David. They are also with his father Leo, his wife Tiffany, his kids D’Angelo, Jessica and Alexandre as well as his extended family and friends throughout the world. We would like to thank the first responders at the scene and all the medical professionals at Clinica Abel Gonzalez including the surgeon who operated on David last night, Dr. Abel Gonzalez III. I would also like to thank Red Sox ownership, specifically John and Linda Henry and Tom Werner who worked with all of us throughout the night and early this morning to ensure we’re doing everything possible to support David and his family during this difficult time.

"I would also like to thank the men and the women of the Red Sox front office who worked tirelessly throughout last night and throughout this morning, specifically Eddie Romero and Raquel Ferreira on the ground here in Boston and Javier and Martin Rodriguez, our Red Sox employers on the ground in the Dominican Republic. I also want to thank members of the Red Sox medical team led by Dr. Larry Ronan who have offered support and guidance to all of us throughout the past 18 hours. Finally, I want to thank our fans, our players, Red Sox alumni and the entire Red Sox community for the outpouring of support they have shown for David and David’s family. Please know we are doing everything we can to support David and his family during this very difficult period.

"Our medical team here in Boston and the doctors in the Dominican Republic have confirmed that David’s condition is still serious but he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston for continued care. In coordination with our medical team, the club has arranged for a medical air ambulance to transport David to Boston from Santo Domingo. Our hope is that David will arrive here in Boston sometime later tonight. Out of respect for David’s privacy, I don’t have any additional details about his medical condition. Right now the club’s exclusive focus is on David’s health and well-being and we’re doing everything we can to get David back to Boston as soon as possible."

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