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This Is How You Stun A Stadium Of 21,000 Baseball Fans

David Ortiz took 17 years to finally do this one thing. No one in attendance will soon forget.

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What Ortiz is not paid for is his ability to steal bases, since he'd only swiped 11 in 1,860 games career games. Wednesday night, he made that 12.

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David Ortiz spent the last 17 years not stealing third base, lulling the American League into a false sense of security. And then he struck.

Ben Lindbergh

@ben_lindbergh

David Ortiz spent the last 17 years not stealing third base, lulling the American League into a false sense of security. And then he struck.

Ortiz has 12 career steals. That was his first steal of third base. You never know what you're going to see at the ballpark #RedSox

Pete Abraham

@PeteAbe

Ortiz has 12 career steals. That was his first steal of third base. You never know what you're going to see at the ballpark #RedSox

Here was the last time Ortiz stole any base, back in June 2011. A little lighter on his feet then? Perhaps.

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During the pitch right before the steal, you get the sense Ortiz is really checking to see if the defense is expecting anything. Satisfied with the alignment, he sets his plan in motion.

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