Note to fans of teams playing the Red Sox: Don’t heckle David Ortiz, and especially not in his final (regular-season) month in the majors.
A Balitmore Orioles fan made that mistake on Tuesday night at Camden Yards, after Ortiz just missed a homer. Big Papi told the fan, “Next time”. And sure enough, Papi hit a three-run homer in his next at-bat:
That was Ortiz’s 36th homer on the year, which is the most in MLB history from a player in their final season.
David Ortiz: 36th HR this season, most in a player’s final season in MLB history pic.twitter.com/WLf9VXyB2q
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 21, 2016
Ortiz’s .634 slugging percentage also leads the majors (by a lot). Papi seems pretty set on retiring, but you know some around the Boston organization are going to try to make a last-ditch effort to convince him otherwise.
As for the game, the Red Sox came away with a 5-2 victory, which gives them a four-game lead in the AL East. The loss moves the Orioles to five games back in the division, and they hold a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the second AL Wild Card spot.