David Ortiz’s farewell tour is going about as well as it could with the season he’s having. Thanks in no small part to his large popularity across the sport, he has been embraced everywhere he’s gone this season, and that’s excluding the usually large traveling contingent of Red Sox fans. Last night was no exception.
Before his at-bat in the top of the fifth inning, Big Papi spoke with some Red Sox fans who made the trip to Detroit and took a selfie with them. Big Papi is always a man of the people.
Not necessarily the coolest selfie he’s ever taken, as he’s taken one with President Obama before, but that’s still a fun little break. But what he did right after this break is what makes the story so cool.
In that following at-bat, he hit his 29th homer of the season which was enough to propel the Red Sox to a 3-2 win, an important one in the AL East race. The homer also tied the record for most dingers hit in a season by a player over 40, tying him with Ted Williams and Raul Ibanez. There’s no doubt he’s going to break that record very soon, but the fact that he can do something like that right after a quick selfie break makes him all the more lovable.
That swing also took him to exactly 1,500 RBI with the Red Sox, with only Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams ahead of him on that list.
Big Papi is a man of the people and made that fan’s life with the selfie. Then, he went to hit one of his most important homers of the season. He’s amazing.