"Our fans deserve that," said Ortiz. "Everybody wishes in their last year playing in front of the fans could have a good season. I worked this offseason to have a good year. I didn't know it was going to turn out to be this good, but I worked for it."
Impressively, Ortiz hit his homer on a 97-mph fastball by Kevin Gausman in the seventh.
"My at-bat against Gasuman, I had to shoot for something. But the experience played out in that at-bat," said Ortiz. "Like, I told myself, 'Well, I have to shoot for either fastball or splitter.' But I know he's throwing his best fastball right now. Sometimes we get caught in trouble when we have that doubt about the things we want to do."
Without a doubt, and no matter what happens from here, Ortiz's final season will be one for the ages.