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David Ortiz talks about getting shot, fighting for his life

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David Ortiz sat down for a wide-ranging interview with WEEI, talking about being shot on June 9 in the Dominican Republic. It was pretty eye-opening.

Ortiz said that, once he was back in the United States, at Massachusetts General Hospital, doctors discovered that he had a bacterial infection the likes of which they had never seen before. It was only then, and not in the immediate aftermath of his shooting that he thought he might die. He likewise details his being transported to Massachusetts and how he was barely conscious for most of it, only really waking up and thinking clearly once he was in Boston.

Ortiz also talks about the physical sensation of being shot and how, actually, it didn’t hurt until later. The first feeling that something was truly wrong was not pain, in fact, it was the feeling of his energy simply leaving his body due to blood loss. His characterization:

“You don’t want to know! I guess everybody is different so it all depends. In my case, the only explanation I can give you is that I feel like something was burning and I was basically losing … you know how your body needs to have a certain point so you stabilize and you know what you’re doing? I felt like that was walking away from me, at some point. Not right away, but at some point, I wasn’t feeling as strong as I feel and I guess it was because I was bleeding and that’s what happens when you get shot, I guess.”

Ortiz also takes issue with the rumors about a possible motivation for his shooting that cropped up in the immediate aftermath. He said that rumors and lies are common in the Dominican Republic and that there are certain types of people who spread such things with the hopes of getting followed on social media. He said that’s the reason he recently hired a team of private investigators. Seems like it may be less about “looking into his shooting” as it was originally reported, and more squelching the rumors.

Ortiz says he plans to go back to the Dominican Republic at some point, but that his days of simply walking around by himself in public there may be over. Can’t say as I blame him.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.