David Ortiz Greatest Moments: 5 Times 'Big Papi' Was Incredibly Clutch [VIDEO]


David Ortiz Greatest Moments: 5 Times ‘Big Papi’ Was Incredibly Clutch [VIDEO]

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David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox DH David “Big Papi” Ortiz (Photo : Getty Images)

David “Big Papi” Ortiz, arguably the greatest designated hitter in MLB history, is hanging up the cleats at the end of the 2016 season. 2016 will mark his 20th season, but he didn’t become “Papi” until his seventh year, and first with the Red Sox. Since then, Ortiz has been one of the greatest athletes in Boston history, and given Sox fans countless memories.

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Here are five of the best Big Papi moments ever, but they are by no means all of them.

5. Wins 2013 World Series MVP

Three years ago Ortiz delivered an iconic World Series performance against the Cardinals, slashing .668/.760/1.188 with two home runs, six RBI and a ridiculous eight walks. Big Papi either walked or got a hit in 19 of 25 plate appearances, and to this day is the single greatest stretch of play in a postseason series ever. That includes the extended runs of Carlos Beltran (Astros, 2014) and Daniel Murphy (Mets, 2015).

Ortiz was already a legend, but this stretch turned him into a baseball god.

4. Home Run In Game 7 Of The 2004 ALCS

With the Yankees reeling from three straight losses, Ortiz delivered a punishing blow early in Game 7, smacking a tone-setting two-run homer off of Kevin Brown. The Red Sox went on to trounce the Yankees in Game 7 on the way to their first World Series in 86 years.

3. This Is Our F**king City

Just days after two men bombed the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring nearly 300, the Red Sox took the field, but not before Big Papi delivered one of the greatest athlete speeches in history. He told the Fenway Park fans “This is our f**king city,” and promised no one, not even terrorists wielding bombs and guns, would be able to dictate how they live.

This was the epitome of Ortiz’s reign as one of Boston’s greatest stars, full of bravado and drama.