Here’s the latest history-making homer news for David Ortiz: He hit home run No. 36 on Tuesday night, as part of the Boston Red Sox’s 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The three-run homer gave Ortiz the most ever by a player in his farewell season, topping Dave Kingman’s mark from 1986.
But there’s a great secondary story to Big Papi’s dinger homer that probably won’t make the history books, so we should tell it. It involves Ortiz, a Baltimore heckler and the best kind of response — a ball flying over the fence.
When Ortiz flied out in his previous at-bat, a heckler near the Red Sox dugout caught his ear and eye. Ortiz motioned to him that he just missed a homer by “this much,” making a gesture with his thumb and pointer finger. Next at-bat, Papi goes deep and the story could end there.
Oh, but he remembered the mouthy fan. After giving Hanley Ramirez an emphatic hug, Ortiz looked over to the fan, motioned in his or her direction and appeared to say, “I got that one.”
The message seems to be clear here. Don’t doubt Big Papi, especially not his final season.
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