Slugger David Ortiz is used to playing on another level than his peers. That’s just what happens when a player is one of the best players in baseball. After the Boston Red Sox’s slow start to the 2014 season, Ortiz might have to do what he does best: put the team on his back and give them a boost.
I’m not saying Ortiz carried the Red Sox in the playoffs to a World Series win. That was a total team effort. With that being said, there’s no denying that “Big Papi” was a man among boys in the postseason. In fact, there’s simply no way Boston clinches another title without the veteran raising his level of play.
It looks like Ortiz will have to do some carrying again if the Red Sox want to get to .500. After a sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston took two out of three from the Texas Rangers. Ortiz was a big part of them winning the series.
On Wednesday night, he crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Red Sox a lead they would not relinquish. It was another sign of how good the 38-year-old can be in the clutch, something Red Sox fans will never get tired of seeing.
Through nine games this year, the designated hitter is batting .278 with two home runs, eight RBI and two doubles. His five strikeouts only make up 13.8 percent of his at-bats, which is certainly a good sign.