The 2013 Boston Red Sox weren’t just five outs from falling down 0-2 to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, they were five outs from complete domination. A team that recorded 30 strikeouts in 16 innings, the night was all but dismal for Red Sox fans. Boston’s hometown team seemed all but dead until one swing electrified the night. As Boston.com reports on October 14, David Ortiz’s 8th inning grand slam launched the Red Sox to a comeback 6-5 victory over the Tigers.
The victory symbolized the fight in the Red Sox, a team that continues its road to redemption and also their road back into the hearts of Red Sox Nation. It was a moment that even held Red Sox owner John Henry speechless. All he could say was “wow”.
And “wow” is the emotional sports hangover still wavering above the skies of New England. The Sox seemed overmatched but the fight in this team stood up and refused to remain quiet.
“When you back us into a wall, you either do two things: cave or fight. We’re gonna fight,” Dustin Pedroia said.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had the winning hit in the 9th, but that wouldn’t have been possible without yet another clutch performance by the man nicknamed Big Papi. With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, Ortiz swung at a first pitch changeup from Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit and sent it just over the out-stretched grove of a tumbling Torii Hunter for his first grand slam in the postseason, but a hit Ortiz will never forget.
“My idea wasn’t to go out and hit a grand slam. If I was telling you about thinking about hitting a grand slam, I’d be lying to you now.”
Players and fans were certainly thinking about a grand slam and even Fox sportscasters were thinking about a grand slam. Almost on cue, Ortiz delivered and now the Red Sox are suddenly well alive once again.