Boston Red Sox

Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez shares a laugh with designated hitter David Ortiz (34) prior to a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

Red Sox great Pedro Martinez delivered an emotional and powerful tribute to David Ortiz as his former teammate recovers from a gunshot wound he suffered Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic.

In an appearance on MLB Network, Pedro lauded Ortiz’s character on and off the field, while expressing anger that someone would attempt to harm him.

“I’m so disappointed to know that someone like David, who has saved so many lives, can have someone after his life,” Martinez said, before being overcome with emotion.

“It hurts me,” Pedro said through his tears. “It hurts me.”

Pedro went on to say Ortiz is like a brother to him. Martinez played a major role in the Red Sox signing Ortiz before the 2003 season.

“There’s just one coward out there that just wanted to do that to someone who didn’t deserve it. There’s no place or space to have that against anybody in life.”

“I just can’t take it,” Pedro said. “My heart is with David, his family, and everybody that cares about David.”

Ortiz arrived in Boston late Monday night and will be treated at Massachusetts General Hospital as he recovers from the shooting.

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