David Ortiz named World Series MVP

David Ortiz named World Series MVP
October 30, 2013, 11:45 pm
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David Ortiz has had a reputation as a clutch hitter ever since the Red Sox went on their World Series run in 2004. But never has he been this good. 

Ortiz put on one of the greatest World Series performances of all time in Boston's six-game series with St. Louis, and he earned World Series MVP because of it.

In a series during which both sides featured dominant pitching at different points, Ortiz was scorching hot throughout, hitting .688 (11-for-16), with two homers, six RBI, eight walks and seven runs. At one point, he reached base nine consecutive times.
 
"I wasn't trying to be the guy," Ortiz said after Game 6. "But I knew I had to get something done."
 
In the Red Sox clinching 6-2 win, he walked four times and scored twice. Three of his walks on the night were intentional, tying Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols for the World Series single-game record.
 
"I didn't have to do anything today I guess," said Ortiz, flashing a smile. "The rest of the team take over."
 
To consider that Ortiz made his torrid run through the World Series after going 2-for-22 in the ALCS against the Tigers makes it all the more unbelievable. His .688 batting average and .760 on-base percentage are the second-best of all time in a World Series. (Billy Hatcher of the Reds hit .750 with an .800 on-base percentage in a four-game sweep of the A's in 1990.)
 
And to think, he was robbed of a grand slam in Game 1 by Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran.
 
The win gives Ortiz -- the lone remaining player from the 2004 Red Sox -- three championship wins (2004, 2007, 2013) for his career. He is the first non-Yankee to win three titles with one team since Jim Palmer did it with the Orioles in 1966, 1970 and 1983.
 
In any other World Series, Ortiz's teammate Jon Lester might have been named Most Valuable Player. The lefty starter won Game 1 and Game 5 for the Red Sox, allowing just one run in 15.1 innings. In those starts, he struck out 15 and walked one.
 
John Lackey won both his starts as well -- Game 2 and Game 6 -- and Koji Uehara pitched in five games, saving two without giving up a run.
 
As has been the case all season, there were plenty of contributors to Boston's success in the World Series -- but Ortiz was historically hot.