Ortiz will be remembered not only for the number of home runs he hit for the Red Sox, but for the many memorable ones that highlight his career. There was the walk-off homer to win Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, clinching the series for the Red Sox over the Angels. Nine days later he would hit another walk-off home run in Game 4 of the ALCS that helped spark an unfathomable comeback against the rival Yankees. Who could forget the game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS against Detroit that sent Torii Hunter tumbling head over heels into the bullpen. Plus many more unforgettable moments.
His 17 postseason home runs are 7th most all time, adding to his legacy as one of the most clutch hitters of this era.
He may not have the most career home runs on this list or even the most hit in a Red Sox uniform, but when factoring in the magnitude of many of his clutch performances as the anchor of a lineup that has won three World Series titles, we have to put Big Papi at the top of this list.
Ortiz is the greatest home run hitter that I have ever seen wear a Red Sox uniform and I’ll cherish each of his remaining plate appearances as his Hall of Fame worthy career winds to a close.