David Ortiz broke the record for most careers hits by a designated hitter on Wednesday night, as he hit a double for the Boston Red Sox in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners.

Ortiz had equaled the record with his fourth hit against Seattle in the Tuesday night game and knew that his next hit would be the record breaker.

When it duly arrived, Ortiz received a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of his achievement.

After the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell commented on what Ortiz has accomplished on his stellar career in the majors. Farrell stated that Ortiz has had “Just an outstanding career” and that “He might be setting the bar for the position itself."

These words will ring true with Red Sox fans that have had the privilege to watch Big Papi at work over the years at Fenway Park. In his 17 seasons in the Majors, Ortiz has 419 home runs and 1,388 RBIs and he has been selected in nine All-Star games. 

Ortiz has also won the World Series twice with the Boston Red Sox, firstly in 2004, then again in 2007.

Ortiz provides some much needed power to the Red Sox lineup and has got them out of plenty of sticky situations. In Boston, if they need a run, they want Ortiz at the plate.

There is then, nothing else to say but congratulations Big Papi on a wonderful career, and long may it continue.

 

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