SEATTLE -- The happiest Ortiz at Safeco Field on Tuesday night wasn't Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. No, that title belonged to Ortiz's son D'Angelo, who celebrated his ninth birthday a day early by watching his dad hit a home run, two doubles and a single to tie Harold Baines' record of 1,688 hits by a designated hitter.
"It was fun. My son is a big fan of mine and he loves to come and watch me play," Ortiz said.
D'Angelo had a full day, taking batting practice in the cage, playing catch on the field and was even presented with a cake by his famous father between the third and fourth inning, shortly before the clock struck midnight back home in Boston.
Ortiz said his son had no idea he was getting the treat.
"It still was his birthday and he was going home on [Wednesday]," said Ortiz. "It was fun."
Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.