David Ortiz joined some great members in a special club on Saturday when he belted in his 400th Home Run as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Big Papi joins both Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only Red Sox to hit 400 home runs as members of the Red Sox.
Ortiz blasted a pair of two-run home runs on Saturday night for home runs number 458 and 459 of his career. In the bottom of the third inning, Ortiz connected with an 0-2 pitch from Astros pitcher Brad Peacock, and drove it to center field for his 400th home run as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
With the homer, Ortiz became just the 25th player in Major League Baseball history to record 400 home runs with one team. He also became the third Red Sox player to reach that milestone joining Williams and Yastrzemski.
The second home run that Ortiz hit in the game hooked right around the Pesky Pole and was measured at 318 feet, which is the shortest home run by any player in the league this season. It was also his 45th career multi-homer game and his 43rd with the Red Sox.
More Big Papi magic
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ortiz stepped in and delivered an opposite-field, two-run double to give the Red Sox and 9-6 lead. After reaching second base, Boston manager John Farrell inserted Corey Brown as a pinch runner for Ortiz. He jogged off the field and the crowd of 37,652 in attendance at Fenway Park gave him a standing ovation.
After going into the dugout, fans began chanting "Papi" and Ortiz return to the bottom step and gave the fans a curtain call by waving his helmet.
Ortiz has had a storied career for the Boston Red Sox. Before he was signed as a free agent prior to the 2003 season, he had hit only 58 home runs in his six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. In his first season with the Red Sox, he registered his first home run with Boston on April 27, 2003 in Anaheim.
Despite a difficult season for the defending champion Red Sox, Ortiz has provided many great memories for the Boston fans. He helped the Red Sox break their World Series drought, leading them to three World Series titles in the last 12 years.
The next milestone that may be on the way for Big Papi is career home run number 500, along with a likely trip to Cooperstown when his Major League career is over.
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