Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Remembering Ortiz: The '13 ALCS Game Two Grand Slam

While his 2004 ALCS Game Four HR to beat the Empire is clearly the #1 highlight of David Ortiz's post-season career, there's another iconic HR that comes in second. In 2013's ALCS Game Two at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were trailing the Tigers 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. Detroit was already up one game to none, and Boston was in danger of heading to the Motor City down two games. Ortiz, who knew exactly what Joaquín Benoit would throw him, launched a game-tying grand slam into the Boston bullpen—millimeters out of the reach of his good friend Torii Hunter. How different things might have been!