Red Sox DH David Ortiz joined the 500 home run club on Saturday night in Tampa against the Rays. He entered the night sitting on 498. In the first inning, he slugged a three-run home run off of lefty starter Matt Moore, then followed up in the fifth inning with a solo blast off of Moore.
No. 500 was a no-doubter. Ortiz sat on a low-and-inside breaking ball and ripped it many rows back in right-center field at Tropicana Field. He slowly trotted around the bases as if to savor the moment, then was greeted in front of the visitors’ dugout by his teammates. The relievers and catchers in the bullpen trotted down to add to the crowd.
The next milestone for Ortiz is 505, which would put him ahead of Eddie Murray for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time home run list.