David Ortiz the $16 Million Dollar Man
The Boston Red Sox have signed David Ortiz for a $16-million extension for 2015. That’s great news for Sox fans, who look on Big Papi as the team’s heart and soul. The Sox had an amazing season last year, winning the World Series after finishing dead last the previous year. And Big Papi, who was named the World Series MVP, was a huge key.
At 38, it seems like David Ortiz has tapped into the Fountain of Youth. Last year he was fresher than ever, and was especially clutch when the Sox needed him most. Remember Game 2 of the American League Championship series? The Sox had lost Game One to the Tigers, and were losing in Game 2. Not good, because in Game 3 they knew they would be facing Detroit’s ace pitcher Justin “Mr. Lights Out” Verlander.
Bottom of the 8th in Game 2, the Sox were down 5 to 1. Bases were loaded and Big Papi was at the plate.
It was the Grand Slam heard ’round the world! With both the baseball and Torii Hunter landing squarely in the bullpen, Ortiz’s clutch homer tied the game. The Sox won the game in the ninth, and with a fresh outlook and momentum, they took the Pennant.
In the World Series against the Cardinals, Ortiz reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances, and was walked four times in the decisive Game 6. The Cardinals had learned their lesson, albeit a bit too late.
With opening day for baseball just one week away (Technically the games opened last week in Australia with the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, but c’mon), Sox fans are doing a little happy dance knowing their Papi, their daddy, is home.