Boston Red Sox mainstay (though it’s been shaky at times) David Ortiz joined a small club of players in MLB history by hitting his 500th home run against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. Pitcher Matt Moore is the one who ended up on the opposing side of the moment, giving up his second home run to Ortiz on the night. The entire Red Sox team met Ortiz at the dugout, congratulating Big Papi on the accomplishment. Ortiz revealed what the moment meant to him in the post-game news conference:
“This is something you don’t see every day. It’s going to be very special,” said Ortiz, who wore a black cap with a Superman logo to his postgame news conference. “I’m going to take a lot of pride in that.”
No matter how you feel about Ortiz’s past, his place in MLB history, or his chances for entering the hall of fame, it’s one of those classic moments. Not only is the dinger a no doubt shot out of Tropicana Field, the resulting celebration just sort of brings it all together for something memorable. Boston also won the game, so their fans can have something to be proud of this season.