Last night David Ortiz slugged the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career, pushing him closer to the top of the franchise’s all-time list.
Ortiz joins an exclusive list that includes just the late-great Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as members of the organization’s 400-home run club. Yaz is second with 452, while Williams is the franchise-leader with 521.
Before his career is over, there is a good chance Big Papi can overtake Yaz on this list, but Williams is out of reach, barring medical miracles that don’t draw any attention from the league. Either way Ortiz is further cementing himself as a legend among Red Sox Nation, and he will go down as one of the greatest Red Sox in the history of the club.
Only 24 players before Papi had hit 400 homers with one franchise, something that is lost in an era where free agency has players changing homes every three or four years. Yes, I know Ortiz came to Boston as a free agent, but I bet the guys in Minnesota who made that decision have been kicking themselves for quite some time.
Ortiz gets flack from some players around the league, well mainly members of the Tampa Bay Rays, but there is no doubt about the impact he has made in one of the biggest baseball markets in the country. Red Sox fans will forever remember Ortiz for his tremendous contributions during the 2004 World Series run, and the man has been in Boston for two more titles, a sentence I still can’t believe I am typing after witnessing the failures of Red Sox teams in the past.
Leave it to Big Papi to say he feels old after hearing about his latest feat. Another reason why Ortiz will be remembered among the greats that he joined on the club’s short list of 400 home run guys.