Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has hit 405 career home runs, and it all started in 1997.
Big Papi made his big league debut for the Minnesota Twins and went yard for the first time in the major leagues on September 14, 1997, hitting a fly ball deep into right field against Julio Santana and the Texas Rangers. The rest, as they say, is history.
In 11 seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has hit 347 homers on 1,885 hits. This season, he has already knocked four out of the park, and you can bet there are more where those came from.
To celebrate the beginning of the power of Ortiz’s bat, his first career home run is recognized as a Ketel One Honorable Moment.