David Ortiz’s Extra Hustle Helps Him Tie Hank Aaron’s Doubles Record


David Ortiz isn’t exactly Usain Bolt, but the big fella can move when he puts his mind to it.

Such was the case in the Ortiz’s first at-bat Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, when the Boston Red Sox slugger laced a hard line drive to dead center field off Rays starter Blake Snell.

Kevin Kiermaier got the ball in quickly from center, meaning Ortiz had to hustle to get to second base — and he did just that. (Click the photo below to watch the video.)

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Big Papi’s slide certainly wasn’t pretty — and likely something Red Sox fans don’t want to see too much of — but it was effective nonetheless.

That extra hustle also put him in the same sentence as one of the greatest hitters of all time.

Ortiz’s two-bagger gave him a Major League Baseball-leading 40 doubles on the season, a pretty remarkable feat for a 40-year-old designated hitter with aching feet.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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