'He's Doing Good': Friend, Barber Describes Hospital Visit With David Ortiz - NBC10 Boston
Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

The latest news and analysis about the Boston Red Sox

'He's Doing Good': Friend, Barber Describes Hospital Visit With David Ortiz

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air



    David Ortiz's Longtime Barber Reacts to Shooting

    The shooting of David Ortiz has left an impact on many, including the former Red Sox slugger's longtime friend and barber.

    (Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019)

    From the outside, it looks like your run-of-the-mill barbershop in Boston, but head through the door and behind the chair is the man who has been behind David Ortiz's freshest lineups and fades since 2007.

    Inside the MLB Barber Shop is a wall of fame, with Jose De La Rosa, also known as Bacano, posing with Red Sox players like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts.

    De La Rosa said Ortiz gave him his start. After he started cutting the slugger's hair, all the Red Sox players wanted to use him, and it's been that way ever since.

    The barber and his employees say a haircut is one of the main rituals before a big game. It's part of what the athletes do to get ready.

    Mom Kills Son While Playing Chicken

    [NATL] Mom Kills Son While Playing Chicken
    A Texas mother is accused of killing her 3-year old son after running him over with an SUV during a game of "chicken".
    (Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019)

    "If you look good, you play good, Ramon Marte said. "You have to have swag for you to actually deliver swag on the field."

    If the life-size mural of Ortiz didn't give it away, then the Ortiz signage most likely will — there is one favorite player in this haircut haven, and he's become like a brother to De La Rosa.

    "There's a lot of respect between us. We're like brothers and it impacted me too much to find out what happened to him," De La Rosa said. "I had to turn off my phone and just think if it was really true."

    De La Rosa has been best friends with Ortiz for 15 years, but two days ago, he thought he had lost his friend to a gunman in the Dominican Republic.

    Wednesday was the first day he got to see Ortiz since he was shot.

    "To go in there is really difficult. You have to send a picture ID, and only his wife Tiffany approves for you to go in to see him, and she let me. I saw him. He was walking and smiling," said De La Rosa.

    US Attorney Lays Out Next Steps After Billion-Dollar Cocaine Bust

    [NATL] US Attorney Lays Out Next Steps After Billion-Dollar Cocaine Bust

    Bill McSwain, United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, addressed the media Friday following a billion-dollar cocaine seizure at the Philadelphia seaport.

    (Published Friday, June 21, 2019)

    After a tearful and joyous reunion between the two Wednesday morning, it was only fitting that De La Rosa headed back to work in the afternoon, where their friendship started over a haircut.

    "There's going to be David Ortiz for a long time. He's doing good. He's going to be even better once this is over," De La Rosa said.

    Get the latest from NBC Boston anywhere, anytime:


    Download our FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our e-mail newsletters.