Boston Red Sox retired gunner David Ortiz received a very special delivery on Friday except that he expected to receive his Silver Bat during a ceremony on the pitch and not at home via FedEx.
Ortiz, who had 38 home runs and 127 runs as a designated hitter in his last season with Red Sox, posted on Instagram that he was a little surprised to receive the seventh Silver Bate of his career this way.
Ortiz, who helped Boston win three World Series titles in 14 years, retired from baseball after the 2016 season, receiving his tenth invitation to the All-Star Game.
At the age of 40, Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs and led the American League in doubles (48), produced runs (127), slugging (.620) and OPS (1,021). In addition to the Silver Bate for designated American League hitters, he also won his eighth Edgar Martinez Trophy, the second Hank Aaron Award; Finished sixth in the MVP nomination race and helped Boston reach the postseason for the eighth time since 2003.
The Silver Bate, announced in November, is given to the best batters in each position, in each league, according to the votes of managers and coaches.