Hanley Ramirez's 250th career homer was a short shot just barely around Pesky's Pole
Red Sox legend David Ortiz was the focus of attention prior to Friday night's 9-4 win over the Angels at Fenway Park, but one of his proteges made it a memorable day for himself, as well. Hanley Ramirez has been the man receiving most of the plate appearances in Ortiz's old DH position this year, and in the fourth inning, he made his predecessor proud by smashing a home run.
It was a milestone mash for Ramirez, who hit the 250th homer of his career. It was a little unusual, though. Ramirez has been known for his prodigious power throughout his time in the Majors, like he demonstrated in this 469-foot blast on April 29, the longest at Fenway Park since Statcast was introduced in 2015:
On Friday, however, Ramirez took the easiest approach at Fenway, poking a shot down the right-field line around Pesky's Pole for No. 250:
The homer still measured at 350 feet, but it was easily Ramirez's shortest homer of 2017 and among the least visually impressive on his resume. As the pole's namesake, Pesky, proved himself, they still count!