Big Papi gets the big 5-oh
David Oritz provided the Fenway faithful one last magical moment for 2006 last night, belting No. 50 high and far into the night.
Hard to believe that of all the great sluggers that have been with the Red Sox, Ortiz and Jimmie Foxx are the only ones to hit 50. Teddy Ballgame never did it, Yaz never did it, Rice never did it, Boomer never did it, Mo never did it, but Papi did it.
Couldn’t happen to a better guy. I don’t remember seeing so much genuine excitement from teammates over an individual accomplishment as that scene in the dugout last night when Ortiz finished rounding the bases.
This guy is one for the ages.
Maybe he can hit No. 51 tonight, at home, and give Fenway one more jolt of energy in ’06.