Three-time World Series champion David Ortiz has just joined the 26 other players in history to make it to the 500 club, hitting his 499th and 500th home run in their latest game against the Baltimore Orioles. The fans and his teammates celebrated with him in excitement as they watched the ball fly away, and this was clearly the best day in his 19 year career. A Baltimore fan was the one who actually caught the ball, but decided to give it to Ortiz to have as a moment of his new achievement. Ortiz was very grateful and the Red Sox gave the unidentified person a box of gifts including a Boston t-shirt, hoping that he decides to change allegiances. Everything has been building up to this moment for Ortiz as he has hit eight home runs in the last 14 games.
The three-time World Series Champion was born in the Dominican republic and played for some minor league teams for under four years before making his debut for the Minnesota Twins in 1997. He played for the Twins for five years before signing a free agent contract for the Boston Red Sox in 2003, Ever since moving to Boston his career has taken off like a rocket, and the nine-time All-Star player continues to thrive. Over the past several years, Ortiz has had several highlights and broken many professional records, such as becoming the Red Sox single-season home-run leader with a total of 54.
The 2005 Hank Aaron Award winner broke another record recently and has successfully hit 500 home runs now over the course of his career. It was a special day for Ortiz and his fans to witness the event, and no doubt will be one of the most remembered games in the history of the MLB.
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Watch David Ortiz Speaking about Making it to the 500 Homerun Club: