Ho hum. Another playoff game. Another postseason moment of greatness for Big Papi. David Ortiz once again saved the Boston Red Sox‘ bacon as they were on the brink of going down 2-0 and their season being on life support. One swing of the bat changed all of that.
Ortiz is simply one of the game’s great clutch players in postseason history. His timing is also impeccable. It seems like he always saves the big hit for the crucial late innings. With his grand slam he now has five game tying or winning hits, good for second all-time behind Bernie Williams and Pete Rose.
Heck, he may break that record in this postseason. Ortiz is simply locked in. He is on another level in postseason baseball, especially in the late innings with the game on the line. There is almost an expectation for Ortiz for hit the grand slam with the bases loaded in that situation.
When all is said and done and the history books are written, Ortiz will go down as one of the game’s all-time great great clutch players. While I obviously never witnessed Babe Ruth play I imagine Ortiz is as close to Ruthian as it gets with his flare for the dramatic and consistent regular season and postseason success.
No doubt in my mind Big Papi is a first ballot Hall of Famer. He is the type of player you can tell your children and grandchildren about. Remember Big Papi? How can we forget with moments like this. Ortiz is headed to Cooperstown when all is said and done.