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July 10, 2009

"Big Papi" joins elite club

As the first half of the season comes to a close, we've seen more than our fair share of milestones.

300 wins for Randy Johnson...check.

500 home runs for Gary Sheffield...check.

A slew of batters hitting the 300 (Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Lance Berkman, Ivan Rodriguez and Adam Dunn) and 400 (Jason Giambi) home run plateau...check, check, check, check, check and check.

FINALLY...thanks to a first inning home run Thursday night against the Royals, David Ortiz can add his name to the list.

Back in March, The Hall predicted "Big Papi" would have sent his 300th home run deep into the Boston night sometime in "early to mid-May". No one could have predicted Ortiz's problems at the plate during the first quarter of the season.

Worse yet, no one could seem to fix it.

“You guys saw my frustration at the beginning of the season, when I was just trying to do things and nothing was coming out,” Ortiz told reporters following Thursday's game. “Now I’m just relaxing and letting things happen.”

Papi started his season with one home run in the first two months and now, 19th on the active home runs list, has 10 in the last five weeks. You've gotta many will he end up with?

The bigger question is this...will Ortiz get to 400 or 450? What seemed like a lock to happen a couple seasons ago, appears to be an uncertainty now.

BallHype: hype it up!

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