Ortiz hitting streak: Fuggedaboudit

The Guru
Contributing Writer

If last nights Red Sox 15-8 loss to the Twins had been a football game Bill Belichick would bury the ball in the end zone and say, "fuggedaboudit."

While it's no crime to lose by a seven on the gridiron, it is another thing to lose by a touchdown on the diamond. However, these types of nights happen over the course of 162. Someone tell John Farrell to bury Dan Shaughnessy in the outfield and fuggedaboudim.

It was a weird night all around; the excitement for rookie Allen Webster was short, a comeback seemed possible-grand slam from Gomes, 9 total runs scored, Sox had the lead and that was after an inning. Then Not-Quite-A-King Felix Doubrant looked disinterested, the wheels fell off, fans headed home to watch the Bruins and did I see Darnell McDonald warming in the pen? Oh, and of the 14 players that got a hit, David Ortiz wasn't one of them. Weird night indeed. Hitting streak over.

Big Papi's streak started July 2, 2012 and ended May 8, 2013. Over 97 at-bats, two managers, a roster overhaul and recovery from an Achilles injury Ortiz put together a .423 batting average, hit six home runs, 11 doubles and knocked in 23 runs.

Ortiz's streak ties him for the sixth longest by a Red Sox player. It was the longest streak by a Boston player since Johnny Damon's 29 gamer in 2005. The Red Sox Dom DiMaggio holds the team record of 34 straight in 1949. Of course Joe DiMaggio holds the MLB record of 56 that many believe will never be topped. Although I seem to remember a Star Trek episode that mentioned the streak being broken in 2026 by a shortstop named Buck Bokai of the London Kings. Pick him up on your fantasy team.

Ortiz had a chance to extend his streak in the ninth inning when he led off against Twins closer Glen Perkins. With all 43 members of the Fenway faithful on their feet, Ortiz worked the count 2-2 fouling off a couple 96 MPH fastballs and looked determined to find a pitch to hit. He struck out swinging. An annoyed Ortiz later vented on the best place to vent such frustrations, Twitter:

Awww Papi, fuggedaboudit.

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