Carl Yastrzemski was an 18-time Major League All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, an MVP, Triple Crown achiever and his number 8 is retired by the Boston Red Sox.
The man even had a song written in his honor.
He's not only a Boston legend, but a baseball hero. But on Monday, he was shown up by a fellow member of Red Sox Nation.
David Ortiz hit two home runs in a 14-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The blasts were his 452nd and 453rd of his career and moved him one ahead of Yastrzemski on the all-time home run list.
"There's been good energy throughout and when David is doing what he's capable of, it's the hub of what our offense is," Boston manager John Farrell told RedSox.com. "It gives the ability to win some games. Where swinging the bat gets you right back in it, gives you a margin."
In a Red Sox uniform, though, Yastrzemski still holds the advantage. He hit 452 homers as a 22-year member of the Red Sox. Ortiz sits in third place with 395 Boston blasts and Ted Williams leads the franchise with 521.
Ortiz spent five seasons with Minnesota Twins before spending the last 12 with the Red Sox. Though he's aging rapidly and his baseball days are likely numbered, Ortiz still has plans for the near future — big plans.
"...I’m about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August," Ortiz told NESN.com.
But it looks like he'd already heating up.
He entered this series with Toronto hitting .249 with 20 home runs and 60 strikeouts. The Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals where they owned a 13-5 run advantage.
“I haven’t done (anything) this series, but we end up sweeping it. That’s good. That’s a good sign. Because you know I’ll be back,” Ortiz said after Sunday’s game, according to WEEI.com.
The Red Sox seem to be back on the scene, too, as winners of five-straight before their most recent defeat. The Red Sox are slowly creeping back to the .500-mark with a record of 47-53. Boston is 8.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East Division.
The Red Sox have been dwelling in the cellar for most of the season. They finally seem to be turning a corner. Although they're playing indoors for this series against the Blue Jays, it seems that Ortiz's prophecy is correct even sooner that he predicted.
Ortiz snapped an 0 for 21 performance with his two home run output. He is just 3 for 42 in his last 10 games, which includes the series opener against the Blue Jays.
It's a good start and Ortiz might just be getting as hot as the Caribbean, here in the middle of the summer.
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