Tuesday, April 14, 2015

5 Times David Ortiz Made Fans Think: Superman

(FenwayNation Photo)
Right now, the face of the franchise for the Boston Red Sox is none other than David Ortiz. Sure, he might not be the most productive player on the team any longer in daily fantasy MLB leagues, but he’s still going to go down in history as one of the best to ever play for the franchise. Here are the 5 most memorable moments in his career.

2004 ALCS Walk Off Homerun in Game 4  
Dave Roberts gets a lot of credit for his huge steal to keep hope alive for Boston, but they did not win the first game of a huge comeback against the New York Yankees until Ortiz was able to hit a two-run home run off Paul Quantrill in the 12th inning. It was one of the greatest moments in Fenway Park history.

Another Walk Off Hit The Following Game  
Ortiz didn't have as dramatic of an at-bat in game 5, but he was still able to help Boston continue in the playoffs by hitting a bloop single in the 14th inning to help them win another game. This time, it came off Esteban Loaiza. As you might have guessed by now, he was the ALCS MVP that season.

2006, The Year Of The Home Run  
David Ortiz has been able to hit a lot of home runs in Boston, but he was at his peak in 2006. Prior to that season, Jimmie Foxx had the most home runs in Boston history with 50. He was able to shatter the record by going for 54 on the season. He finished 2nd in the MVP voting to Alex Rodriguez, giving him his best finish of his career in that voting category.

2007 Postseason  
When Boston finally won a World Series in 2004, Ortiz was a main cog in the offense. He continued to provide outstanding value as a hitter in the postseason during the team's 2nd run to a World Series title. He hit .370 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI during the 2007 postseason, giving the team quite a bit of support in an easy series victory over the Colorado Rockies.

2013 Postseason
In the twilight of his career, Ortiz was able to catch fire at the best time for the Boston Red Sox. He really struggled in the ALCS that year, hitting just .091 with one home run. Despite his lack of individual success, Boston moved on to face St. Louis in the World Series. In those 6 games, he was able to hit .688 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. He was the MVP of the World Series, and it gave him a 3rd ring individually.