The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series and most of it can be attributed to the bat and heart of World Series MVP David Ortiz. As the Associated Press reports on October 31, the man known as Big Papi propelled the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals with power, leadership and a winning attitude.
On a team with many heroes, Ortiz remained the heart and soul as he produced much of the offense for the Red Sox as they struggled throughout the series. Hitting .688 with two home runs and six RBIs, Big Papi kept the team on their road to redemption. Ironically, it was the rest of the team that provided the offense in Wednesday night’s 6-1 victory as the team clinched their third championship in nine years and first at Fenway Park since 1918. But it was David Ortiz that got them there as he was claimed MVP of the series and also an entire city.
“I know I’m one of the forces for the ballgame and I like to take things personal,” he said following the game. “And that’s been my whole career, a challenge.”
From his speech that ignited a city just days after the Boston Marathon bombing to his Game 4 pep talk that united and energized his teammates, the 37-year-old Ortiz has showed heart over and over again and demonstrated that heart by dedicating his MVP trophy to the victims of the Boston Marathon.
He was there in 2004 and he was there in 2007, but Ortiz admits that this championship is the most special because of the circumstances that surrounded the city and because of his band of brothers who came together to lead a team back into the hearts of those who root for them. Johnny Gomes summed up just how much respect the team has for David Ortiz as he described the pep talk he gave to the team right before they rallied to win Game 4.
“It was like 24 kindergartners looking up at their teacher. He got everyone’s attention and we looked him right in the eyes. That message was pretty powerful.”
And so is the soul of Big Papi and now a city celebrates, as the Boston Red Sox are the 2013 World Series Champions.