The Large Father strikes again.
David Ortiz hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 4-2 Boston Red Sox win over the New York Yankees. With the score knotted at 2, Ortiz took an outside pitch from Yankees reliever Dellin Betances the other way, sending the ball into the Green Monster.
Fenway Park rightly erupted in celebration, but Ortiz’s celebration really put the cherry on top.
Now that’s a moment those kids will never forget. Even better? Those are former Red Sox World Series champion Kevin Millar’s kids. Cowboy Up.
It was the 48th home run of Ortiz’s career against the Yankees, and the 14th that gave the Red Sox the lead. The Yankees’ loss was their first this season when leading after six innings.
To call the comeback shocking would be fair. Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka dominated Boston through 6 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits to that point. But the Red Sox rallied to tie the game and chase Tanaka, and continued the fun with Ortiz’s blast in the eighth.
Big Papi is retiring, but he certainly has plenty of homers — and hugs — left in the tank.
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