Last night at Fenway, David Ortiz jacked two home runs in the Sox 9-6 loss. The blasts brought Papi's career total to 398, leaving him two short of a historic plateau. But by hitting two in one game, he tied an impressive Red Sox record which I'm sure you've already heard or read about at some point but I'm going to repeat again just for the hell of it:
It was the 37th time that Ortiz has hit two homers in a game for the Sox, tying him with Ted Williams for the franchise record.
Sounds like the makings of a Box Score Bank.
So let's set our sights (and this site) for July 4, 2003
The Matrix Reloaded was No. 1 at the Box Office . . . Clay Aiken's "This is the Night" was in the midst of its glorious two week run atop the Billboard chart . . . America was celebrating its 227th birthday . . . You were mere hours away from getting drunk and blowing off your index finger with a Roman Candle . . .
And over at old Yankee Stadium, David Ortiz was hitting two home runs in a game for the first time in his Red Sox career:
Final Score: Red Sox 10, Yankees 3
Crazy fact: Ortiz was actually one of three Red Sox Jason Varitek and Bill Mueller were the others to homer twice on the afternoon. Manny Ramirez only hit one, but it was enough to give the Sox seven homers in the game, which was (and still is) one short of a team record.
Papi led off the fourth with his first homer off David Wells to give Boston a 5-2. He led off the seventh with homer No. 2 off Jason Anderson to make it 9-3. And at the time, no one was exactly sure what to make of this David Ortiz. After all, he didn't come on board with any special fan fare. He'd only recently started playing every day. Even though he hit two homers, they were only his sixth and seventh of the season and the All-Star break was less than a week away.
We loved seeing him kill the Yankees, but we still needed a little more convincing before laying on that special brand of Red Sox love and affection.
Ortiz provided it the very next day, when he hit two more homers against the Yankees (the first off Roger Clemens) in the Sox 10-2 win. It's still the only time in Ortiz's career that he's hit two homers in consecutive games.
Well, at least until tonight.
What a way that would be to hit 400.
And leave Teddy Ballgame in his dust.