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Ortiz joins Red Sox slugging club

The Sports Xchange
 
Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Ortiz joins Red Sox slugging club
 

David Ortiz made history Saturday night.

With a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Fenway Park, Ortiz became only the fifth player to go deep 300 times as a member of the Red Sox. The other sluggers in the exclusive club: Ted Williams (521), Carl Yastrzemski (452), Jim Rice (382) and Dwight Evans (379).

"It's an honor for me to be mentioned in that category with those guys that played here for a long time," Ortiz said. "Through the years, they were putting up great numbers."

Ortiz also has 142 home runs at Fenway, tying him with Manny Ramirez for sixth-most at the historic ballpark.

"Pretty amazing, isn't it?" catcher Jason Varitek said. "He's done a lot and he's continuing to do what he does and swinging the bat real well. Big congratulations to David."

But Ortiz was unable to take much satisfaction from his accomplishment. The Red Sox imploded in the eighth inning, turning a 3-1 lead into a 9-3 loss and rendering Ortiz's homer meaningless to the final outcome of the game.

"Just another good swing," Ortiz said. "I heard people talking about (No. 300 Friday) for the first time. I was like, 'Oh, OK.' So nothing, here we are."

Interestingly, Ortiz's milestone homer was caught by CNN anchor John King, who was attending the game with his wife and sitting in the Monster Seats. King tweeted that he gave the ball to Ortiz in exchange for an autographed bat.

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