The gift from his wife was for his 1,000th career RBI, one for every 100 RBIs. At the rate with which he's been driving in runs the last couple of years, he'll have a few more before his career is done.
Ordonez hit two milestones with one play on Tuesday night, both putting him in rare company among players from his home country. His third-inning solo home run marked his 1,000th RBI as well as his 250th career homer. He's just the second Venezuelan-born player ever to hit the RBI mark, joining the great Andres Galarraga.
The home run total drew him within one of Tony Armas Sr. for second place among Venezuelan-born players in the Majors. Galarraga leads that list, too, with 399 home runs to go with his 1,425 RBIs.
Those are marks Ordonez appreciates. Not only is Galarraga a national hero in Venezuela, but Ordonez also is at the age where he thinks about his legacy as a player.
"When you get older," Ordonez said, "is when you start to look at [those statistics]."
Ordonez reached the RBI mark in 1,416 games over parts of 12 Major League seasons, two of them shortened due to knee surgery in 2004 and hernia surgery the next year. He has driven in at least 100 runs in six of those seasons, capped by his 139 RBIs last year.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.