David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers in the Boston Red Sox's 10-7 win over the Houston Astros on Aug. 16 to make him just the third Boston Red Sox player to hit 400 home runs in a career.
Ortiz hit his historic 400th home run as a Red Sox player in the third inning of Boston's 10-7 win over the visiting Houston Astros on Aug. 16. Ortiz now joins Red Sox legends Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only three Boston players to ever accomplish the feat, per MLB.com's Steven Petrella:
"David Ortiz hit his first home run for the Red Sox on April 27, 2003, in Anaheim. His pinch-hit, solo shot in the 14th inning broke a tie and Boston went on to win, 6-4. Ortiz still remembers it.
"A decade passed, and Ortiz hit a few more home runs. He certainly doesn't recall all of them, but Saturday's were surely special.
"With a two-run shot to dead-center in the third, Ortiz became the third player in Red Sox history to hit 400 home runs with the club, joining Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski.
"To hit that many home runs with one club, a player needs longevity talent and commitment from the organization. Ortiz has those, but Saturday served as a reminder that he's been around quite a while.
"'Old,' Ortiz said with a smile when asked how he felt joining that elite company. 'Nah, man, it's an honor to be up there mentioned with those legends...You come to this organization to play and you're not expecting your name to be mentioned next to those guys.'
"Ortiz is 51 behind Yastrzemski for second on the club's all-time list. Williams' franchise record of 521 dingers will be tough to break. But Yastrzemski hit his in 3,308 games with Boston. Williams needed 2,292. Ortiz has played 1,630, with more than a few left.
"'When you consider how many fewer games he's done it in, it's really remarkable,' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. 'He's in rare company with the two other guys that he's now linked to. To see it roughly 60 percent of the games with one and almost half the games of the other, it's amazing what he's been able to do here.'
"Ortiz added another two-run blast in the fifth and has 459 home runs in his career. He yanked a slider down the right-field line to the shortest part of the park over the Astros. He exited for a pinch-runner and received a standing ovation from the crowd and followed with a curtain call. In the 10-7 victory, Ortiz went 3-for-5 and tied a career high with six RBIs.
"Both of the slugger's blasts came off right-hander Brad Peacock, giving Ortiz 45 career multi-home run games.
"Once a Twins' castoff who hit just 58 dingers in 455 games with (the) Minnesota (Twins), Ortiz has more than flourished in Boston. But he never expected anything like this while trotting the basis on April 27, 2003, in Anaheim.
"'No idea, to be honest with you,' he said. 'You play the game, you go through the flow, and you don't know how long you're going to play. What your career is going to be like. The one thing that you can control is come in, play hard, play the game, and let God take care of the rest of it.
"You don't play the game just to think about personal numbers. You play the game to do it right. Whatever you accomplish, it's a plus.'"
ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald adds the win over Houston was Big Papi's 45th multi-homer game:
"Also, it was Ortiz's 45th career multi-homer game and his 43rd with the Red Sox.
"Every time David comes to the plate, there's a chance we might see a ball go out of the ballpark, and on two occasions tonight that was the case,' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
"In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ortiz stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded, and he delivered an opposite-field, two-run double to give the Red Sox a 9-6 lead. With Ortiz standing on second base, manager John Farrell inserted Corey Brown as a pinch runner for Ortiz. As he jogged off the field, the 37,652 in attendance gave him a standing ovation.
"After he disappeared into the dugout, the fans began to chant, 'Papi, Papi, Papi' for a curtain call, and he gave it to them by standing on the bottom step and waving his helmet.
"'Great. It was good,' he said. 'That's what you want to see -- the fans enjoying what you're doing out there. The only way they can give you a standing ovation is when things are going really good.'
"Ortiz admitted he was swinging for his third home run of the game.
"'Always,' he said. 'I'm always thinking about hitting homers.'"
Ortiz has amassed 2,130 hits, 459 home runs and 1,520 RBIs on a .285 batting average in 2,086 games with the Twins and Red Sox, per ESPN stats.