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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.

These are the good old days

I have a simple chore for you today, if you are a Boston sports fan. Think this thought to yourself: “These are truly great times to follow Boston sports.”

The Bruins won Game 7 of the Conference Finals last night, a 1-0 epic over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. While playing on this stage is very new to the Bruins, it is becoming old hat to New Englanders who love sports.

This marks the ninth time since February of 2002 that a Boston/New England team in the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) has reached the final round.

Here is the breakdown: The Patriots played in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008 Super Bowls. The Red Sox played in the 2004 and 2007 World Series, coming back from seemingly insurmountable deficits in the ALCS both times to get there. The Celtics played in the 2008 and 2010 Finals. The Pats won 3 out of their 4 Super Bowls. The Red Sox won both World Series, sweeping both times. The Celtics won the ’08 Finals and came agonizingly close to winning Game 7 in ’10.

So the Boston teams won six titles in their eight chances in the final round. Here come the Bruins, hoping to make it seven out of nine.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are playing ridiculous baseball right now, with 12 wins in their last 14 games. The Patriots still have Tom Brady playing at a high level, and perhaps the greatest coach since Vince Lombardi in Bill Belichick. The Celtics look like they might be headed on a downward slope, but they still have three Hall of Famers and one highly-exciting All-Star just entering his prime in Rondo.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Bruins trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Enjoy being a Boston sports fan right now. Not many regions can relate to the euphoria you’ve felt since February of 2002.

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