I even did my own part, one Halloween:
Box score of the final series game, by yours truly. The neighborhood moms were (mostly) a little mystified, but the neighborhood dads thought that it was the cat's meow.
But back to David Ortiz, who is playing out what is likely his final season. Ortiz has always been a ray of sunshine in the Red Sox clubhouse, with a perpetually upbeat attitude that was mostly missing from the Sox in the '80s and '90s.
Well, the good guys win sometimes. Ortiz has achieved the following milestones: over 500 home runs, 3 world series rings, and if he hits another 22 doubles he will have 600 doubles.
To put that in perspective, only three other players have had 500+ home runs and 3 world series rings:
- Babe Ruth
- Mickey Mantle
- Reggie Jackson
- Hank Aaron
- Barry Bonds
Hat tip: Chris Lynch, who gave the stats that led me down this memory lane.
UPDATE 14 September 2015 16:22: Here's an example of the feeling in New England in 2004. While this is a parody, it really isn't. I was there.