David Ortiz's former competitors put the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry on hold Thursday.
Yankees teammates Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez, both Dominican Republic natives, payed the retired slugger a visit in Boston as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound he suffered June 9 in the Dominican.
Ortiz posted a photo of himself and Encarnacion on Thursday while tagging free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who also is Dominican.
Sanchez then shared a photo of he and a healthy-looking Ortiz, thanking "Mr. Ortiz" for taking the time to meet with him.
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Honored, Mr. Ortiz. Wishing you a long life so you can continue to help and inspire future generations. #HeIsBigPapi // Honrado, Sr. Ortiz. Que Dios te de larga vida para seguir ayudando e inspirando a otras generaciones. 🇩🇴
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The 36-year-old Encarnacion and the 26-year-old Sanchez come from different generations, but both can appreciate Big Papi's impact in both Major League Baseball and his native Dominican Republic.
Ortiz and Encarnacion also are very close, as the former actually tried to recruit the latter to Boston back in 2016.
The Yankees duo's visit came a day before New York's three-game series against the Red Sox, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park.
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