Celebrating the Old and the New

David “Big Papi” Ortiz made history on Wednesday night, hitting his 30th home run of the season – becoming the oldest player to do so in Major League Baseball.

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David Ortiz

At age 40, Ortiz has 40 doubles and also 100 Runs Batted In. His 10 seasons of 100 RBI’s is the most in Red Sox history – and it ties him with some immortals of the game – Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig.

But rookie sensation Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees is also making history, with a towering home run against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.  Since graduating from Triple-A on August 3, the Baby Bronx Bomber has hit 9 home runs in just 70 at bats. He is the first and only Yankee to hit 9 homers in his first 21 career games – better than Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle. Sanchez has now tied Joe DiMaggio with 10 or more extra-base hits in his first 16 career games.

Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez

The 23-year-old is hitting .389 with 9 homers and 16 Runs Batted In. He’s so good that the Mariners walked him twice – intentionally – in Wednesday’s game. If he keeps it up, one day the name of Gary Sanchez might appear in the same sentence as David Ortiz.

 

 

About Mike

Mike Luery is an award-winning journalist with 25 years on TV and radio. Currently, he is an investigative reporter with KCRA-TV, the top-ranked station in Sacramento. This is Luery's second tour of duty with KCRA, where he was also a reporter from 1984 - 2000. In between, he was NBC's Capitol Bureau Chief in California and a reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento. Luery lives in northern California with his wife Carol. Baseball Between Us is his first book.
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