MINNEAPOLIS — It has been said that living well is the best revenge. For David Ortiz, that has meant reminding the Minnesota Twins what a big mistake they made.
The Twins released David Ortiz after the 2002 season. He was a .266 hitter over six seasons and entering free agency. The organization thought they could do better at the time. The Red Sox signed Ortiz and you’re probably familiar with what transpired.
Ortiz has delighted in making the Twins regret their decision ever since, no more so than on Saturday night.
Ortiz drove in six runs with three hits, two of them thunderclap home runs to right field as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 12-5, before a crowd of 36,967.
Ortiz is 66 of 199 (.332) against the Twins since they let him go with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs over 53 games. He is 19 of 38 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 10 games at Target Field.
“I try to do well against everyone sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It worked tonight,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz admitted he once had extra motivation against the Twins.
“But not any more,” he said. “I just try and go about my business. Guys see me trying to hit the moon every time I hit anyway. So it’s nothing new.”
Ortiz is 6 for 8 with two walks and seven RBIs in the first two games of the current series. The Sox have won four straight.
Ortiz is hitting .362 on the season with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 24 games since coming off the disabled list.