For a man who will retire at the end of the season Ortiz is sure not playing like it. There has been no decline out of Ortiz this year and he even looks better than he has in the past couple of season. He has come out red hot and he is leading the Sox to what should be another playoff bound season should nothing major go wrong.
For someone who is 40 years old and has played in 29 of 31 possible games this season Ortiz shows he will not slow down. Already up to 33 hits and 9 home runs on the season. Not to mention he is batting a solid .308 and has already knocked in 27 RIB”s.
Last night Vs. the Yankees was a typical David Ortiz. On National TV in front of everyone he belts out not just one but 2 solo home runs. “In this ballpark, he’s extremely dangerous,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the Sunday night showdown with the Yankees.
Ortiz now with 512 career home runs is now tied with Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks for 22nd on the all-time home run list. But that is not the only list Ortiz would climb with his home runs last night as now he is number 2 on the Red Sox all-time home run list. Next up is the all-time leader of home runs for the Sox Ted Williams. Can Ortiz do it? Odds are no as he is 67 home runs behind Williams for the all-time leader. But hey is Ortiz wants to belt out 76 home runs this year I will be perfectly okay with that.
The question now is will he actually retire at the end of the season? When he was asked last night if he was going to retire, he didn’t sound like someone who was going to change his mind as he said “no, I am retiring”.
Skipper John Farrell even went on to say after the game “He’s had a great career, with no signs of slowing down.”
So will Ortiz actually retire who knows. But I do now that Ortiz and the Red Sox will be back at Fenway Park tonight to host the Oakland Athletics at 7 pm.