For a man who said he was not thinking about hitting his 400th home run, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz sure looked like he was swinging for the fences on Wednesday. Ortiz popped his 21st long ball of the season in the fifth inning of Wednesday 10-4 win over Toronto. His teammates thought that he was trying send it out of the park to reach the milestone in front of the home crowd.
"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."
Like so many players on the precipice of a historical marker, Ortiz downplayed his intentions.
"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."
Boston starts a four-game set against the Mariners in Seattle on Thursday night. Ortiz has 25 home rune in 104 career games against Seattle. He hit one against the Mariners in an earlier series this season.