David Ortiz smacked his 400th home run as a Red Sox. There was little doubt that he’d be a legend — a Red Sox great. All he can do now is entrench himself in the discussion as to whether he’s one of the best in Red Sox history. He joins only Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452) as members of the Red Sox 400 home run club.
“It’s an honor to be mentioned with those legends, people that did an amazing job and played for the Red Sox,” he said following the Red Sox 10-7 win over the Houston Astros, via Boston.com. “Legendary, legendary. You come to this organization to play and you’re not expecting your name to be mentioned right next to those guys. But it happens. You do what you’ve got to do and that’s the only way you get there.”
Ortiz originally played for the Twins, where he recorded 58 homers. He’s now at 458 and counting.
“You need to have pride in what you do,” he said. “You have to make sure that you go 100 percent out there and you play your best. The fans come in to watch you play and you’ve got to give them what they expect.”
His manager values a home run threat like Big Papi.
“Every time David comes to the plate, you think there’s an opportunity or a chance we might see a ball go out of the ballpark,” said John Farrell. “On two occasions tonight, that was the case.”
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