He was really working his curve against Mike Napoli as the first hitter, nearly catching him looking at a two-strike curveball to end the inning but umpire Steve Ward called the pitch outside.
Next was Dustin Pedroia who was fanned on a fastball for his first strikeout.
Then up came Big Papi, an intimidating sight to say the least, but Mulry got ahead of Big Papi and struck him out swinging at a slider off the plate.
Ortiz walked back to the dugout smiling as the crowd of 7,789 at JetBlue Park cheered Mulry.
"I was trying to see if I can get a strike to hit or whatever, but he ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball," Ortiz said.
Walking off the mound to the dugout he had a smile on his face a mile wide.
"That was a lot of fun," Mulry said. "Usually my curveball is a better pitch, especially with a lefty. But the slider worked. I’ll never forget that inning. ... It’s unreal. I can’t compare anything to facing these guys."
One thing you can be sure of, James Mulry's girlfriend was all fired up.
“@GoNUbaseball: LHP James Mulry strikes out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the third inning! #GoNU " OH MAN. That's my boyfriend😍!
— breeana koemans (@breeanakoemans) February 27, 2014
The nice thing to see was that Big Papi took it all in stride, enjoying this Spring Training after missing a lot of last years. Ortiz said with a big smile, "He can have a drink tonight and say, ‘I struck out Papi.’ ”
No matter what happens in the years to come, he can tell the story of a warm Spring day down in Fort Myers to his grandkids.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell