Ortiz makes them pay
Bases loaded, two outs, tie game. 0-for-11 or 0-for-50, I think all of us knew that Ortiz was coming through in that spot tonight. Does he ever not come through?
This is the 26th year that I’ve been watching baseball and I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anyyone nearly as clutch as this guy. David loves these moments. He was very frustrated on the first pitch, which he thought was well out of the strike zone. But he didn’t let it get to him.
With the heavy shift on the right side, David could have easily bunted his way on for the go-ahead run or just hit a cheap ground single. But instead, he bashes the ball right into the teeth of the defense, finds some daylight on the grass, and the ball rockets into the right field corner. It’s a full count, so all the runners are off on contact and they all score. Just a great moment.
And it took Loretta’s bunt to set it up. A bad bunt, definitely. Loretta got too much wood on the ball. But perhaps in a sign that his luck is about to change, Mora can’t make the play. Was anyone else having de ja vu to when Renteria put that bunt in front of Mora last year and Ortiz clocked one against B.J. Ryan?
It was a great night at Fenway. Schilling was workman-like. Papelbon got a seven pitch save. And Millar got a nice ovation.
I was glad to see Millar get such a nice reception. Sure, he had a bad year last year. But few players have embraced all that comes with playing in Boston as much as this guy. He was a tremendous teammate in Boston, and, in my opinion, is missed quite a bit in the clubhouse. David Ortiz said as much before tonight’s game.
It’s not as if they could have brought him back with the limited production he had last year, and Youkilis has certainly justified the decision. But Millar was a unique clubhouse guy, able to put all of his teammates at ease in a stressful environment. I was glad to see him get a nice hand.
I’m off tomorrow, but i’ll be back in the saddle on Sunday.