If the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, David Ortiz is almost a sure bet to be named the series’ MVP. And with good reason. So far in this year’s edition of the Fall Classic, the man known as Big Papi has 11 hits in 15 at bats for a ridiculous batting average of .733.
Ortiz has never been the World Series MVP before, but if he took home the award this season, along with bringing home his third World Series title, he’d certainly be mentioned among the all-time great athletes in Boston history.
In Ortiz’s other two World Series wins as a vital member of the Red Sox, third baseman Mike Lowell and outfielder Manny Ramirez won the MVP awards in 2007 and 2004 respectively.
After the Red Sox win in either Game 6 on Wednesday night or Game 7 on Thursday night, Ortiz will be remembered as the thread that tied things together during this run of Red Sox championships.
Ortiz is a winner and he carries a Boston Strong attitude. He has been the glue for a winning atmosphere in the clubhouse and a magnet to attract fans. MLB needed him to have a good World Series because Ortiz is good for the game of baseball.
Ortiz is already close to legendary status in New England after being part of the first Red Sox team to win a World Series in 86 years back in 2004. Then he helped them do it again in 2007. With one more victory this season, he will join the likes of Larry Bird and Tom Brady, who were also leaders on teams that won three championships in Boston.
Ortiz will be part of Boston folklore forever and could also be headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
There were five seasons that Ortiz was voted top five in American League MVP votes, he is also a nine-time All- Star and he has 431 career regular season home runs.
The numbers that stand out the most are those from the postseason. In the playoffs, Ortiz has hit 17 home runs and has 60 RBIs. He will most be remembered for his clutch postseason at bats, helping the Sox to walk off a few times, including against the team’s archrival, the New York Yankees.
Additional World Series Baseball Musings:
1. The umpiring crew in this year’s World Series seemed to lack diversity. I saw a picture of them and they looked like the good ol’ boy group (a bunch of old white guys). I didn’t see any minorities among the group and I think it gives baseball a bad reputation as far as getting the game around different people.
2. Also, just curious, but what are the odds that a game will end on a balk, hits batsman, passed ball, infield fly rule or catcher’s interference?
Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com