The Complete David Ortiz Interview: Papi speaks after being shot in D.R.

Full Interview: David Ortiz speaks on his recovery from being shot in Dominican Republic

BOSTON — A select group of local reporters got the chance to interview retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz as he continues to recover from being shot in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz says he did the sit-down interview to open up about the shooting and set the record straight.

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Boston 25's sports director Tom Leyden was a part of that exclusive group who spoke with Big Papi.

Leyden asked Big Papi why he thought this happened to him. Ortiz answered:

"That was a question I asked myself. I'm a good person, I'm a friendly guy. I want to make sure people around me are taken care of.

The last time I argued with someone was in a baseball game with an umpire. I go back and forth to my country for a week. I don't have much time to do too many things, I'm always on the run, always visiting family, taking care of business.

I have a lot of things going on down there, I hardly have enough time to you know do my things, so it was very surprising for me that a situation like this happened because I'm a guy who always, you know, my family, my friends, when I'm down there, I always make sure everyone is good and taken care of and you know, situations like this happen you kind of, you know, puts you on the spot, gets you thinking I mean it's just, I was about to come back to my house the very next day. I only went for about ten days and uhh, a stitch like this, you are like woah, but I got to say it has been a game-changer. And now you start thinking different."


More than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the shooting and Big Papi says he wants to get to the bottom of what happened.