Much of the attention in the 2013 World Series continues to turn towards mental and physical mistakes that have cost the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, and justifiably so considering they are a huge reason the series is tied at two games. But in this desire to take a look at the shortcomings of many players on the field, people are failing to take a look at one of the best World Series performances ever, courtesy of David Ortiz.
Through four games, Ortiz has put up an eye popping statistical line of .727/.750/1.364 with two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored. To put this statistical output into further perspective, one must simply consider that the slugger has gone to the plate 15 times and only returned back to the dugout just three times.
Cardinals pitchers have begun to catch onto the fact that Ortiz is hitting like a robot, but have yet find any adjustments that can stop him.
As the series has progressed, they have mainly attempted to pitch around the slugger or get him to chase pitches that sit outside of the strike zone. Neither of these options have worked by any means, as the 37-year old slugger is both willing to sit back and take a walk, which he has done four times during the series, and able to hit any mistake that pitchers have been making.
On top of this impact at the plate is that Ortiz has been the unquestioned leader for the Red Sox. This was never more apparent than in the fifth inning of Game 4 as the big slugger gathered his teammates in the dugout to give them a motivational speech that we later found out centered around loosening up and playing good baseball.
After watching Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer that broke open a 1-1 tie and pump life into the Red Sox clubhouse, there is no doubting that the team listened. Moments like these cannot be put into words or numbers, but do help to grow the legend of Ortiz in this 2013 World Series.
In the end, there is no doubting that Ortiz has put up one of the best individual performances in World Series history in 2013. With a minimum of two games left in the series, there is no doubting that more magical moments will come for the slugger, which should put a scare into both opposing pitchers and the record books.