Papi adds to his legend
Perhaps it was only fitting that just hours after Tom Brady threw a game-winning touchdown pass to beat the Saints with five seconds left, David Ortiz ripped a game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.
Just as Brady has created volumes of fourth-quarter comebacks to thrill the New England sports fan, Ortiz has come through time and again for his Red Sox, particularly in the month of October.
Consider the fact that all of these moments could be the signature hit of many players’ entire career. But for Ortiz, it all adds up to a best-of-list.
Game 4, 2003 ALDS – Hits a two-run double with two outs in bottom of the eighth against A’s closer Keith Foulke to put the Red Sox ahead and send the series to a deciding Game 5.
Game 3, 2004 ALDS – Two-run walkoff homer against Jarrod Washburn in the bottom of the 10th lifts the Red Sox to a sweep against the Angels.
Game 4, 2004 ALCS – Two-run walkoff homer against Paul Quantrill in the bottom of the 12th helps Sox crawl out of 3-0 series deficit against Yankees.
Game 5, 2004 ALCS – Ortiz rips a towering homer to left against Tom Gordon in the eighth, slicing NYY deficit to 4-3, and adds walkoff single to center in the 14th inning against Esteban Loaiza, sending the ALCS back to New York. Sox win in seven games.
Game 7, 2004 ALCS – Ortiz sets the tone with a two-out, two-run homer in the first, as the Sox become first team in history to comeback from 0-3 series deficit in postseason.
Game 5, 2008 ALCS – The Red Sox trailed the Rays, 7-0, with nine outs left in their season. But Ortiz’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh makes it a 7-4 game, and sets the stage for J.D. Drew’s walkoff hit in the ninth.
Game 2, 2013 ALCS – Ortiz’s two-out grand slam in the eighth ties a game the Sox trailed 5-0 against the Tigers and go on to win, 6-5.