Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox still has something to celebrate even though they are struggling this season after David Ortiz recorded his 400th homerun for the team against the Houston Astros.
This makes Big Papi the third player in team history to hit 400 homers, joining legends Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452). Ortiz hit homer No. 400 in the bottom of the third inning while Astros starter Brad Peacock was pitching.
Besides that milestone, he also became the 25th player to accomplish the feat in the MLB. Ortiz was not aware that he was just one home run away from hitting 400 in a Red Sox uniform.
“What I’m trying to tell you is that, I mean, you don’t play the game just to think about personal numbers. You play the game to do it right, and whatever you accomplish is a plus,” he added. When asked how he feels being a part of an elite club, Ortiz smiled and said “old.” “It’s an honor to be up there with those legends. They did an amazing job as long as they played for the Red Sox — legendary, legendary,” he later added.
Ortiz was not expecting to be lined up with legends coming to the team in 2003 from Minnesota and hitting just 58 home runs in six seasons with the Twins.
After heading into the dugout, chants of “Papi” echoed in the ballpark. Ortiz acknowledged the fans, standing in the bottom step while waiving his helmet. “Great. It was good. That’s what you want to see — the fans enjoying what you’re doing out there,” Ortiz stated. Ortiz admitted he was trying to hit for his third homer of the game and added, “Always. I’m always thinking about hitting homers.”
Big Papi was also asked if he still remembered his first home run for the Red Sox. “Yeah, I do — Anaheim,” he said. “I was just talking about that the other day when we were [in Anaheim] with a couple of guys,” he stated. In his first season with the Red Sox, Ortiz hit his first homer on April 27, 2003, at Anaheim. Red Sox manager John Farrell said about Ortiz’s achievement, “”He’s in rare company with those two other guys he’s linked to.”