"Those guys did those things through their career and were dedicated," Ortiz said of Williams and Yaz. "I was just a guy who was trying to have a good career and put your family in a better situation. And all of a sudden, all these things are happening. It's a blessing."
Ortiz's 50 career homers against the Yankees are sixth all-time behind Jimmie Foxx (70), Williams (62), Manny Ramirez (55), Hank Greenberg (53) and Yastrzemski (52). The homer to right-center against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda traveled an estimated 395 feet.
Ortiz has homered three times in four games against the Bronx Bombers this season, as the lefty slugger continues to torment his team's top rival.
In the ninth, Ortiz was ejected after taking two controversial strike calls against Yankees closer Andrew Miller. With the bases loaded and one out, Ortiz was hoping to tie the game or put the Red Sox ahead.
But it was not to be.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.