Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 1-for-2 while blasting his 21st homer of the season on Wednesday, a shot against Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez. It was the 399th home run of his career, and after the game, Red Sox teammates felt that the slugger -- en route to a strikeout in his final at-bat of the day against left-hander Luis Perez -- was swinging for the fences in order to secure a milestone homer at home.
"He was definitely trying to go to the moon. He took some pretty hard swings," said Dustin Pedroia. "But it's coming, obviously. Might be tomorrow."
For his part, however, Ortiz said that he was simply trying to take a good swing and failed to do so. He suggested that the significance of hitting his 400th career homer will be something he appreciates only after his career is over.
"Right now, that’s something I don’t really think about," said Ortiz. "I know at some point, when I’m not playing, you start realizing how good a career you probably had. Right now, my focus is just on contributions for this ballclub, trying to win some games and put ourself in a better situation."
That said, Ortiz is hitting homers at a pace in line with the best years of his career. With 21 homers, he's on pace for 45 this year, a mark that would rank as the third-highest total of his career.
"[There's] no secret," Ortiz said of his power numbers this year. "Just see the ball and hit it, man. Keep it simple."
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