"Our fans deserve that," said Ortiz. "Everybody wishes in their last year playing in front of the fans could have a good season. I worked this offseason to have a good year. I didn't know it was going to turn out to be this good, but I worked for it."
Impressively, Ortiz hit his homer on a 97-mph fastball by Kevin Gausman in the seventh.
"My at-bat against Gasuman, I had to shoot for something. But the experience played out in that at-bat," said Ortiz. "Like, I told myself, 'Well, I have to shoot for either fastball or splitter.' But I know he's throwing his best fastball right now. Sometimes we get caught in trouble when we have that doubt about the things we want to do."
Without a doubt, and no matter what happens from here, Ortiz's final season will be one for the ages.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.