CLEVELAND -- Channeling Ted Williams, circa 1960, David Ortiz went deep again for the Red Sox on Wednesday night in a 7-6 loss to the Indians, giving the star slugger home runs in each of the first two games of his final season.According to Elias, Ortiz joined Williams as the
CLEVELAND -- Channeling Ted Williams, circa 1960, David Ortiz went deep again for the Red Sox on Wednesday night in a 7-6 loss to the Indians, giving the star slugger home runs in each of the first two games of his final season.
According to Elias, Ortiz joined Williams as the only two players age 40 and over in history to hit home runs in the first two games of a season.
Williams did it in his final season (1960), though he was 41, a year older than Ortiz.
"I don't want to hear about that," Ortiz said. "That's not going to make me feel any younger."
The blast -- which came in the top of the sixth inning -- was No. 505 in Ortiz's career, moving him past Eddie Murray for 26th on the all-time list.
"I don't want to hear about that either," Ortiz said with a smile. "That's not going to make you any younger."
In truth, Ortiz has a healthy dose of respect for Murray, a Hall of Famer who played three seasons (1994-96) with the Indians.
"Loved him," Ortiz said.
The milestones would have been more gratifying for Ortiz if his final swing of the night had landed a better result.
With two out in the ninth and Boston down a run, Ortiz ripped a 3-1 heater from closer Cody Allen to deep left. But Jose Ramirez made a fine running catch in front of the wall to end the game.
"I didn't like it," Indians first baseman and former teammate Mike Napoli said of Ortiz's drive. "I didn't like it at all. He's a great hitter and he can pop it out of the park at any time. And it looks like he's got some swag going right now and feels good, so when he came up there, I was saying, 'Just keep it down. If he gets a single all right.' He's a great hitter and he can change the game at any time. We've seen it so many times but, yeah, it was a nice play out there."
Did Ortiz think that one had a chance?
"I feel like everything I hit has a chance," Ortiz said. "How about that?"
The Red Sox aren't going to argue with the designated hitter's confidence.
"He's swinging the bat so well here to start the season," manager John Farrell said.
Hanley Ramirez followed Ortiz's homer with an opposite-field shot, and suddenly the Red Sox -- who trailed, 4-0, and 5-2 -- were down just 5-4.
If Ramirez can be a season-long threat behind Ortiz, Boston could have a dangerous lineup.
"He came with a plan since the first day of Spring Training," Ortiz said. "We've been talking the whole time about what we like to do. He's locked in."
So, too, is Ortiz, who isn't looking so old.
Ortiz's towering shot to right-center against Carlos Carrasco had an exit velocity of 107.6 mph according to Statcast™ and traveled 398 feet.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com.