The David Ortiz shooting on Sunday night shocked the baseball world, and for Mariano Rivera, it was hard for him to hear the news.
The former Yankees closer, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next month, said that he is praying for the former Red Sox slugger.
"My reaction was, 'God, I just want him to have another opportunity. I want him to be safe," he told SNY on Tuesday at an event for eBay.
Ortiz, 43, was in stable condition after being shot in the back and through the stomach at a club in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night. He has since been transported to a hospital in Boston where he underwent a second surgery and is being closely monitored in intensive care.
"A guy like that, with the heart that David has, with the passion that he played this game, the way he represents this game -- it was amazing," Rivera said. "For him to be involved in something like that, it's hard. It's hard to see, it's hard to view such a thing. At the same time all we're doing is praying. Praying for a quick recovery that he will function normal as he was before."