Mookie Betts stole two bases on one play in the first inning in Monday's win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

David Ortiz: Mookie Betts' 2 stolen bases was 'the craziest thing I've ever seen in baseball'

Ryan Hannable
April 13, 2015 - 3:43 pm

David Ortiz has been around the game of baseball a long time, so when he says something was the craziest thing he's ever seen, it must be pretty good. What Mookie Betts did in the first inning against the Nationals in Monday's home opener was that good. After robbing Bryce Harper of a home run in the top of the first inning, Betts led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk. After Dustin Pedroia flied out to center and Ortiz was batting -- and the Nationals were in a shift -- Betts took off for second and barely beat shortstop Ian Desmond's tag. Then, because of the shift, no one was in the area of third base so he took off and beat pitcher Jordan Zimermann to the bag, albeit a close play once again. The Nationals challenged the play, but after a lengthy review both plays stood. "That was fun. That was the craziest thing I've ever seen in baseball," Ortiz said. "We were talking about it and I was explaining to him what he did because I don't think he knows. I mean, I know because when I was telling him what he did he was like, 'Really?' I was like, 'Bro, not even in a few practices you can do that.' I asked him what he was thinking and he was like, 'I know they play with a shift so I kind of got up right away and I knew they weren't catching to catch me.' "He said he saw where the pitcher was and that was the reason why he started moving to  third. I told him, 'Like a second after the shortstop stopped tagging you that you got up and went, like the shortstop was breathing on you.' It was unbelievable. That kid is an unbelievable athlete and he's going to be a star." Ortiz himself had a pretty impressive home opener going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his second home run of the season. This was Ortiz's 13th Opening Day at Fenway Park, so he is no stranger to the Fenway crowd. But for some, like Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, it was their first taste to the loud roars and electric atmosphere. Ortiz said he talked to them about it afterwards. "It's a fun Opening Day, man," Ortiz said. "I kind of talked to some of the new guys about it and how they feel about Opening Day. They were like, 'It's out of control.' I was like, 'Well, that is how it is every day so get used to it.'" Prior to the game during the pregame ceremony, Ortiz caught the first pitch thrown by Super Bowl XLIX MVP, Tom Brady. Although Brady was drafted by the Expos as a catcher, and has shown what a tremendous arm he has, he didn't throw a strike, as he delivered a ball low and outside. Ortiz joked it's not as easy as it looks. "We all know my boy Tom's arm, he got a good one, but he figured out it's not that easy," said Ortiz.