Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox after throwing out the first pitch before the game against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Reactions and outpourings of support continue to come in from athletes and prominent figures around the world in the wake of the shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz.

Tom Brady joined a chorus of Boston sports greats in wishing Ortiz well, posting a photo of the two of them from opening day in 2015, when the Red Sox honored the Patriots after winning Super Bowl XLIX:

Fresh off his strong performance in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Tuukka Rask expressed relief hearing that Ortiz was in stable condition Monday afternoon:

Pedro Martinez, who helped Ortiz sign with the Red Sox in 2003, was among the first athletes to tweet support for Big Papi Sunday night:

Former President Barack Obama praised Ortiz for his “spirit and resolve” in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in a tweet wishing the slugger a speedy recovery:

Pete Frates, who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, tweeted out well wishes to his friend:

Patriots great Tedy Bruschi tweeted that Ortiz “defines the city of Boston.”

Kevin Youkilis called his former teammate a “super hero.”

Former Red Sox ace Jon Lester tweeted that the attack on Ortiz was “a hit,” and went on to say that “no amount of evil or hate can overcome a heart that big.”

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