Legend of Big Papi

David Ortiz, as he often is in the quiet hours before a game, was in a playful mood Tuesday as he discussed some untold legends of Octobers past.

Game 6, 2003 ALCS, everyone remembers the Red Sox pulling off a semi-upset of Andy Pettitte and the Yankees to force Game 7. It was a day game, so Ortiz could have enjoyed a little bit of the NY night life that night if he so chose. Instead, his mind was filled with thoughts of Game 7 so he stayed in his hotel room and obsessed about the game. He gets to the ballpark for Game 7 and he’s mentally exhausted. Ortiz still goes deep off David Wells in the late innings, but as we all remember, the Sox lose a heartbreaker.

Fast forward one year later. Again, the Red Sox win Game 6 in the Bronx to Ortizforce Game 7. This time, Ortiz gets an offer to join some friends out on the town, he wanted to hear a Latin singer perform at a certain adult establishment. Ortiz recalls leaving said establishment at roughly 3 a.m., where a bunch of Yankee fans gleefully spotted him.

"They knew I was just crushing the wine in the back of the room and they said, ‘You’re the guy who’s going to beat the Yankees in Game 7?’… From that point on, I had it in my mind that I was going to hit a home run in my first at-bat."

Game 7 comes, Ortiz belts a two-run homer
( 350K) off Kevin Brown in the first inning. The rest is history as the Red Sox become the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to rally back from a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series.

Eighteen months later, Ortiz still loves the memory. It will probably never get old.

2 Comments

Did the Yankees fans not watch the rest of the series and the ALCS the year before? Between Ortiz and Rivera-killer Billy Mueller, the Yankees didn’t have a chance.

I just want to say congrats and welcome on starting a blog. You are living my dream (I’m 16 and dying to be a sportswriter) right now, so I hope you are enjoying it. (How could you not?) If you get the chance, could you suggest a different hairstyle to Manny?

By the way, any tips on breaking into sports reporting are greatly appreciated. :)

-REL

http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com/

ha ha, i appreciate the note. thanks for reading the blog. pass on the link to your friends. The more interraction with this, the better. I think it will be fun for everyone. thanks. as for sportswriting, try to find a college with a good journalism school. And once you get there, try to get as much experience as you can, with internships and the like. stay in touch. Ian.

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