Big Papi paid homage to Babe Ruth in Seattle Wednesday night.
Before the series finale at Safeco Field last night, a group of children from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital was touring the Red Sox clubhouse escorted by rehabbing Red Sox player Mike Carp.
Then David Ortiz got involved.
“They got here late and we didn’t get to show them BP or anything,” Carp told WEEI’s Rob Bradford. “I brought them in, had some of the players sign some balls, and I caught David before he went out on the field and asked him if he would mind saying hi. And before he left he said, ‘I’m going to hit a home run for you guys today. I’m going to the moon!’ and walked away.”
It didn’t take long for Big Papi to make good on his promise. In the top of the first inning, Ortiz crushed a pitch from Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma for a two-run homer.
“It was Babe Ruth-style. Legendary,” Carp said. “It’s one thing to tell your teammates, ‘Hey, I feel good today, I’m going to hit a home run.’ You tell little kids, 5 or 6 years old, that you’re going to hit a home run, they believe you. Then the very first swing you take it off the glass, you have to be kidding me.”
It was a page taken right out of Babe Ruth’s playbook. During Game 3 of the 1932 World Series between the Yankees and Cubs, legend has it that Ruth stepped out of the batter’s box and called a homer in the fifth inning, pointing toward the center field wall, before hitting one of the longest home runs in Wrigley Field history.