Last night, I had the opportunity to watch the Tigers-Red Sox game on ESPN. The Tigers were up 3-2 going into the 9th inning and it seemed like a win was in their grasp. But, David Ortiz wasn’t ready to let that happen. With men on 2nd and 3rd, Ortiz launched a 3-run shot off of Joba Chamberlain, who had pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings up to that time. While watching this game, I couldn’t help but think of what Ortiz had done in last year’s ALCS against the Tigers.
This game defined the 2013 Red Sox and in a way defined Big Papi as well; always fighting and never giving up. Ortiz has made a living hitting clutch home runs throughout his career and this year is no exception. Despite being in last place in the AL East, the Red Sox are still a fun team to watch because they are so unpredictable. With David Ortiz hitting in the 9th, anything is possible. That has been a proven fact throughout the years.
It is hard to believe that the Twins once gave up on Ortiz early in his career and dealt him to Boston. Since then, Ortiz and the Red Sox have won three titles, while the Twins have suffered through countless losing seasons and disappointing playoff exits. Big Papi is an example of how one player can change the fortunes of a franchise. Without Ortiz, could the curse still be present in Boston? Possibly. He made so many clutch plays in the ’04, ’07, and ’13 postseason that I’m not sure if Boston could have won without him.
If I was the manager of a dream team in which I could choose the roster, David Ortiz would obviously be my DH. And, in the bottom of the ninth, with the game tied, I would want Ortiz batting in all circumstances. He’s proven to everyone that he is the most clutch hitter in the game and that he is the greatest DH of all time. There’s no doubt that David Ortiz is the definition of clutch.