ALCS 2013: Fenway Park Assisted David Ortiz and Red Sox in Iconic Grand Slam
There may have only been a few home runs in Major League Baseball postseason history as dramatic as the one Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit on Sunday night. A game-tying grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning is about as crazy as it gets. Throughout the elation and drama of the process, the key supporting factors get easily forgotten. I’m not talking about the things that happened on the field before the big blast, I mean the role that legendary Fenway Park played in one of her finest moments.
The leadoff double was huge and the entire inning is done if team-leader Dustin Pedroia doesn’t sneak a clutch two-out single through the right side of the infield. One of the biggest factors in that grand slam however wasn’t someone at all. Fenway Park is notorious for the way she assists batters for both teams. The Green Monster comes into play and can change the course of a game all by itself. During the Sunday night comeback, the star of Fenway was the ultra short wall that Ortiz’s homer and Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter fell over.
Not even considering how far it is to that wall, the height of it is probably half that of a normal outfield wall. I guess they had to make up for the giant wall on the other side of the field. In all seriousness, I know that the wall is the same height for both teams and all of that. I just find it interesting that in the Red Sox time of desperate need, the baseball found one of the special little places in Fenway and she helped her team win the game just as surely as she would have if Ortiz’s had curved the ball around the interestingly placed foul pole down the right field line. Fenway is one of the best if not the best stadiums ever built for baseball and she proved why once again on Sunday night.