As predicted by none other than himself, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox is starting to heat up. Per Alex Speier of WEEI.com (via NESN.com), the 38-year-old designated hitter said Sunday that he was, "about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August."
True to his word, Ortiz tied and then passed Carl Yastrzemski for 36th place on the all-time home runs list Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, before adding another homer in Tuesday's contest, also versus the Jays.
Following the barrage of three long balls in two games, Ortiz sits at 454 career homers, two ahead of fellow Red Sox legend Yastrzemski (452).
While higher than "Yaz" on the all-time MLB list, Ortiz is still 56 homers away from the Hall of Famer on the Red Sox's franchise list. Yastrzemski played his entire career in a Boston uniform, while Ortiz has hit 396 of his 454 homers for the Sox, with the other 58 coming for the Minnesota Twins.
Ortiz holds down the No. 3 spot on the all-time franchise homers list, trailing only Yastrzemski (452) and, of course, Ted Williams (521).
Moving back to the all-time MLB list, Ortiz will likely climb higher than 36th by the end of the season. He's just one home run behind Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn (455), who hasn't aged as gracefully as his counterpart in Boston.
Furthermore, Ortiz is just eight homers away from 34th place (Jose Canseco, 462), 11 away from 33rd place (Dave Winfield, 465) and 14 away from 32nd place (Chipper Jones, 468). Should he really heat up, Ortiz may even have a chance to catch Carlos Delgado (473), who sits 19 homers away in 31st place.
Well aware of his place in baseball history, Ortiz likely has his sights set on becoming the 27th member of the 500-homer club.