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Jennifer Warner
Contributing Writer

Yastrzemski and Ortiz, Fenway Park 2013
(Photo courtesy of AP/Steven Senne)
Love him, hate him, or tolerate him because he's ours, David Ortiz appears to be coming out of his current slump, after his double-dong performance in Toronto last night. With those two homers, numbers 21 and 22 on the season, Ortiz has now passed Hall of Famer and Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski at number 36 on the all-time home run list.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past century, Carl Yastrzemski was signed as an amateur free agent in 1958, made his Major League debut in 1961, and played his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox. During his career, Yaz was a 17-time All-Star selection, won 7 Gold Gloves, finished his career with 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, and won the Triple Crown in 1967. He played his final game in a Red Sox uniform October 2, 1983 at the age of 44. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

After last night's game, Manager John Farrell commented, "We're getting good offensive approaches over the past 10 games or so. There's been good energy throughout and when David is doing what he's capable of, it's the hub of what our offensive is." Many speculate this "good energy" is a result of a certain former catcher being DFAd, but whatever the cause, the Red Sox appear to be getting back on track for the second half of the season.

Last night also signified Ortiz's third multi-homer game of the year and the 44th of his career. Ortiz has nearly 20 home runs in 13 seasons and is presently the only Major League player to have this claim to fame.

As someone who grew up a Red Sox fan and with Yaz as their baseball hero, Ortiz passing him on the all-time home run list is somewhat bittersweet. However, it should still be noted that Ortiz has not passed Yastrzemski on the Red Sox's all-time home run list. Ortiz is currently nestled third with 395 home runs in a Red Sox uniform behind Ted Williams who has 521 and Carl Yastrzemski with 452. With some rumor and speculation that David Ortiz may be looking at retirement in the next few years, it is uncertain at this time if he will manage to best Yastrzemski's numbers a second time.

The Red Sox went on to win last night's game 14-1 after igniting their offense with the flames from the dumpster fire that was the Blue Jays bullpen.

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Jennifer Warner 7/22/2014 08:17:00 PM Edit
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