BOSTON (CBS) — After going hitless for the second straight game on Sunday, Red Sox DH David Ortiz told reporters he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August.”
Ortiz started his heating process on Monday night, clubbing a pair of home runs in Boston’s 14-1 trouncing of the Toronto Blue Jays.
After Monday’s win, Ortiz told reporters “I’m on my way to Jamaica.”
The slugger isn’t actually heading to that wonderful island, but instead climbing his way up baseball’s all-time home run list. With his two homers on Monday night, career blasts Nos. 452 and 453, Ortiz moved past Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list.
Ortiz didn’t talk about the milestone on Monday, just giving out his pretend travel plans, but sent out a Tweet early Tuesday morning about the honor:
Ortiz’s first dinger of the night came in the fourth inning, a two-run blast to deep center that put Boston on top 8-1. He deposited another baseball into the Rogers Centre stands in the top of the fifth, once again going deep for a two-run bomb to give the Red Sox a 13-1 advantage. He now has 35 career homers at Rogers Centre, second only to Alex Rodriguez’s 36 blasts north of the border.
Big Papi now has 395 homers as a member of the Red Sox, behind just Ted Williams (521) and Yaz (452) on the team’s all-time list. Next up on MLB’s all-time list is Adam Dunn with 454, but he is still hitting moonshots for the Chicago White Sox and at 34-years-old, probably has a few more years of going deep. Ahead of Dunn and Ortiz sits Jose Canseco and his 462 career homers.
For the season, Ortiz is batting just .251, but leads the team with 22 homers, 68 RBI and a .490 slugging percentage.
MORE SPORTS COVERAGE FROM CBS BOSTON