Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit his 499th and 500th career home runs today against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Ortiz, 39, becomes the 27th member of the 500 home run club and continues to solidify his status as one of the greatest home run hitters of the 2000s, hitting all but 10 of his career home runs in the "new millennium."
In the first inning, Ortiz took a Matt Moore pitch to the right-field stands for his 499th home run. He then flew out to center in the third. Then, in the fifth, Ortiz took Moore deep again, launching his milestone home run.
Ortiz did not even wait a single game between hitting his 499th and 500 home runs. In fact, he only becomes the second player in Major League Baseball history to hit both Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game (Albert Pujols) and the second to do both off of the same pitcher (Pujols).
Congratulations to David Ortiz and the Red Sox on his accomplishment.