Manny Ramirez will always have a special place in Boston Red Sox lore as one of the players who helped to snap the team's 86-year World Series drought.
In 2004, Ramirez was key in the team's efforts to win the World Series. He hit .412 in the 2004 World Series including a key Game 3 home run off St. Louis Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan that gave the Sox a lead in a key road game that they would never relinquish. His strong performance was enough to make him the MVP of the series.
Ramirez would help to win another ring for the Red Sox in 2007, a postseason during which he clubbed four home runs.
And that was something that Ramirez did frequently in the playoffs: hit homers. In fact, according to the "Boston Sports Info" Twitter account, Ramirez is MLB's all-time leader in postseason home runs. And it's not all that close.
That's pretty impressive, especially considering that the only other players with 20-plus blasts, Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter, have 55 and 240 more at-bats than Ramirez, respectively. Ramirez also leads his former teammate and fellow Red Sox legend, David Ortiz, by 12 homers in this category.
It's not surprising to see Ramirez top this list. During his 19-year playing career, Ramirez went to the postseason 11 times and played in 23 playoff series. He had 555 homers during the regular season, an average of one homer every 17.6 at-bats. He was a bit better in the postseason, launching one homer every 14.1 at-bats, and it just goes to show that he was able to shine on the biggest stage.
Ramirez is hoping that he'll be able to continue to hit some long balls in the near future. The 47-year-old is staging another comeback and wants to play in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League for the 2020 season. If he can pull that off, it will certainly be something for Red Sox fans to check out and fondly remember his time with the squad.
The surprises didn't stop there: The group of Beth Israel staffers got to ride on a Duck Boat to Fenway Park, where they threw out ceremonial "first pitches" while Ortiz, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker and members of the Red Sox cheered them on from the video board.
The staffers seemed thrilled, but this gesture was the least Krasinski, Ortiz and the Red Sox could do to thank them and other Boston-area health care workers for continuing to work tirelessly amid the pandemic.
David Ortiz is one of MLB's best designated hitters of all time.
For 14 years, Ortiz played as a member of the Boston Red Sox after the Minnesota Twins let him go. In Boston, Ortiz became one of the game's most powerful sluggers and posted a career average of .290 with 483 homers with the Red Sox.
Given Ortiz's immense success with the club, it's no surprise that he's among the century's best at launching the long ball. According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf on Twitter), Ortiz has more home runs this century than any other player in the American League.
This is surely an impressive mark and it speaks to just how good Ortiz was during his time with Boston. When adding in his 17 postseason homers, Ortiz hit exactly 500 career homers with the Red Sox and helped power them to three World Series titles during his time with the team. And 93 percent of his homers this century, postseason included, came in a Red Sox uniform.
It may take a while for any player to pass Ortiz for this high-water mark. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is probably the most likely candidate to pass Ortiz as the 28-year-old currently has 285 homers in 4,340 at-bats that have all come with the Angels. Trout is under contract with the Angels until 2031 so unless he's traded out of the AL, he seems to be on pace to eventually beat Ortiz.
But that could take close to another decade. And until then, Ortiz will reign supreme on this century's AL home run leaderboard.