The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days.
Today we’re remembering David Ortiz’s heroics from the 2004 American League Championship Series. Big Papi delivered two walk-off wins for the Boston Red Sox, in Game 4 and Game 5 that helped turn the tide of the series. The New York Yankees had entered Game 4 with a 3-0 lead and Ortiz’s clutch hits swung the momentum of the series around.
In Game 4, Ortiz came to the plate in the bottom of the 12th of a 4-4 game, with Manny Ramirez on first base. Yankees Reliever Paul Quantrill served up a 2-1 pitch on a platter and Ortiz belted it deep into the right field bleachers, setting off a raucous celebration at Fenway Park.
In Game 5, Ortiz had already homered earlier in the game when he strode to the plate in the bottom of the 14th with the score tied 4-4. With Johnny Damon on second and Ramirez on first and two outs, Ortiz worked a 10-pitch at bat and finally blooped a 2-2 pitch from Esteban Loaiza into center field. Damon raced around third and scored standing up. The win sent the series back to New York and we all know what happened next. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series title in 86 years.
Video of Ortiz’s heroics below: