Box Score Bank: Two Times the Papi

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Box Score Bank: Two Times the Papi

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.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships. 

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows: 

"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."

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