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David Ortiz’s incredible bat and leadership are powering the Boston Red Sox

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyCall it a coincidence or call it a well-received wakeup call. The fact of the matter is the Boston Red Sox have not trailed in the World Series since David Ortiz gathered his teammates together in the dugout during Game 4.

It was the 5th inning with the score tied 1-1. Boston was trailing 2-1 in the series, and a loss would have put the Red Sox in the dreaded 3-1 hole that is nearly impossible to crawl out of. Had that happened, they would haven been in legitimate danger of not returning home for another game at Fenway Park in 2013. Instead, Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run homer in the next inning to put the Sox on top 4-1. They have not looked back since.

Ortiz is carrying the Red Sox, both physically and emotionally. After going 3-for-4 with another RBI in Monday night’s Game 5 victory, Big Papi is now 11-for-15 in the World Series. That’s a .733 batting average. He has also walked four times, which means he has reached base in 15 of 20 plate appearances — a .750 on-base percentage. Ortiz’s teammates and coaches would tell you his Game 4 speech was just as important as his ridiculously hot bat.

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Fan captures incredible video of David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam

David-Ortiz-grand-slam-fan-viewSports fans today are lucky enough to live in an era where the viewing experience at home almost rivals being at the stadium. Features like high definition have made many fans feel they are better off sitting at home than spending money on a ticket to the game and all that comes with it. The video you see above proves there are exceptions.

One of the best views of David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in the 8th inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night came from a fan who was seated behind home plate. You can actually see the flight of the ball as it clears the bullpen wall. You can also just barely see Torii Hunter disappear into said bullpen. If you ask me, that beats the view us fans who were sitting at home got to see.

H/T Bill Simmons

David Ortiz comes up clutch with huge grand slam (Video)

David Ortiz did it again for the Boston Red Sox. The man who has delivered so many clutch hits for the Sox throughout his career came through with what’s likely the team’s biggest home run of the season.

A day after the Red Sox were nearly no-hit by the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS, the team struggled again to put runs on the board. Boston was held hitless and scoreless through five innings and only had one run until the eighth. Then, down 5-1 in the eighth, they loaded the bases with two outs. The Tigers inserted Joaquin Benoit to face Ortiz, and he took the right-handed pitcher deep to right-center for a grand slam to tie the game at five.

The Sox of course went on to win Game 2 thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth, completing a highly improbable comeback for a team that was down 5-0 in the sixth.

There are some crazy aspects of the grand slam that must be examined. First off, look at how close Torii Hunter was to robbing Ortiz’s grand slam:

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Koji Uehara and David Ortiz dry humping in celebration (GIF)

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the wilder teams in baseball. After they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 4 of the ALDS to clinch a berth into the ALCS, you knew they would be partying hard. But nobody was prepared for the scene we saw inside the clubhouse.

Reliever Koji Uehara wandered over to David Ortiz, jumped on the DH, and the two proceeded to dry hump like a couple of adult stars filming “Koji Does Tampa”:

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David Price rips David Ortiz for admiring home run

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseDavid Price did not take his ALDS Game 2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in stride on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays ace allowed seven runs over seven innings and was taken deep twice by David Ortiz. Big Papi’s second home run was a towering shot in the eighth inning that wrapped around the right field foul ball. Ortiz took a few seconds to either admire his shot or determine whether it was fair or foul. Whatever he was doing, Price did not appreciate it.

“He knows how I’ve pitched him the last year and a half, probably two years,” Price told reporters after the game, via Evan Drellich of MassLive.com. “He steps in the bucket and he hits a homer, and he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul — I’m sure that’s what he’d say. But as soon as he hit it and I saw it, I knew it was fair. Run.”

Ortiz has been known to stare down his homers even when they aren’t close to the foul pole, so you can understand why Price may have been frustrated. However, the comment about Papi was one of many that made Price sound like a sore loser. He also ripped the TBS’ analysts for being “nerds” and sent these tweets:

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David Ortiz disagreed with Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterBoston Red Sox fan favorite David Ortiz came to the defense of Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday in the wake of the New York Yankees slugger being drilled by Ryan Dempster. Like many others, Big Papi felt that it was wrong of Dempster to intentionally target A-Rod because of his 211-game suspension and alleged PED use.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. “But we don’t all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It’s not that I didn’t think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone’s on their own.”

Ortiz said the biggest problem he had with Dempster’s stunt is that it put a man on base and energized an opponent in a game that the Red Sox would have loved to win.

[VideoRyan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez intentionally]

“We’ve got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment,” he continued. “You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.”

That is certainly a valid point. The Red Sox are currently a game ahead of the Rays in the AL East standings, and they dropped a game on Sunday night after losing to New York thanks in part to an angry A-Rod homer. But Big Papi probably should have stopped there.

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David Ortiz holds fan’s baby during National Anthem (Video)

David-Ortiz-fans-babyDavid Ortiz created a memorable moment for a Boston Red Sox who was at Kauffman Stadium to watch his team take on the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Prior to the start of the game, a gentleman asked Ortiz if he would mind taking a picture while holding his infant son. Big Papi went above and beyond to fulfill the request.

Ortiz stood holding the baby during the National Anthem with a big smile on his face. He then posed for a picture with the child before returning him to his father.

Last time we talked about Big Papi it was to show you the epic hissy fit he threw when he smashed a dugout phone, so this was a different look for him. I’m sure the child’s father was glad he got the chance to interact with the kind-hearted Papi.