Wednesday night was a memorable one for the Boston Red Sox, who clobbered the Detroit Tigers 20-4 at home in a game that saw several career milestones met. But among the 19 hits, David Ortiz‘s RBI double received the loudest standing ovation of the evening because it marked the 2000th hit of his illustrious career.
Big Papi has been called washed-up by many for the last few years, but he keeps reminding us that he knows how to hit a baseball. That was evident when he hit a solo shot for number 1,999 in the same game. It was also clear when Will Middlebrooks jacked a grand slam over the Green Monster because the Red Sox’ young slugger has learned a lot from Ortiz in his young career that seems set to explode at any time.
The hug Middlebrooks and Ortiz shared after the historical hit resembled the admiration the entire Red Sox organization has for Ortiz and has had for years. The 37-year-old may not hit 40 home runs in a season again, but he sure knows how to make some noise when it matters most.