Jon Lester to Colin Cowherd: You couldn’t be more wrong about David Ortiz

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyBoston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester went on Colin Cowherd’s show on Friday to defend David Ortiz. Earlier this week, Cowherd spoke about Ortiz’s mind-boggling performance in the World Series and all but accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Lester seemed certain that is not the case.

“I think you couldn’t be more wrong about him,” Lester said. “I think the biggest thing with David is you really haven’t seen the power numbers spike up or anything like that. I think he’s just become more of a complete hitter. … It’s not like he’s going at there at 37 and all of a sudden he’s hitting 50 homers and driving in 140 (runs).

“He’s hitting his normal home run totals that he’s hit his entire career. His average has gone up, which I think is a result of him taking his walks and taking the base hits. I think Fenway Park is a good ballpark for him and fits him well and I think he’s done it the right way for a long time.”

Lester is right about that. Ortiz has hit somewhere in the vicinity of 25-30 home runs and 90-100 RBI for the past six seasons of his career — excluding stretches where he was injured. After hitting just .238 in 150 games in 2009, many assumed Big Papi was washed up. Instead, he enjoyed one of the best all-around statistical years of his career this season at age 37.

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David Ortiz explains how he fixed his swing after bad seasons

David Ortiz swingRemember when David Ortiz was struggling in 2008 and 2009 and everyone thought his career was coming to an end? Yeah, about that.

Since 2009, Ortiz has put together four very good seasons, including three excellent ones in a row. And of course, he was MVP of the World Series after putting together one of the most impressive Fall Classics in history.

So how did Ortiz get his swing back on track? Did he start using PEDs like many have speculated? Or did he just correct a mechanical flaw? Ortiz says he discovered he had a hand injury which hampered him in 2008 and 2009. He has mentioned the hand injury to the media in the past, so that was nothing new. But something I hadn’t heard him share before was how a friend noticed a flaw in his swing that he worked to correct.

“At the time, there is one thing that I figured out. I had an injury in 2008 on my hand that carried over to 2009. And I had this loop in my swing that [kept me from] catching up with pitches. I was under every pitch,” Ortiz explained in an interview with ESPN’s Chris Berman after Boston’s Game 6 win.

“So one of my buddies from back home that plays baseball with me and knows a lot about baseball called me and told me, ‘Hey, it’s nothing wrong with your swing, you just have that loop because you’re not using your top hand. Go back to that, start training your top hand like you used to and you’re going to go back to normal. You’re right there with every pitch. The reason why you’re not catching up with it is because the ball is here and [your bat is below it]. Your bottom hand is taking over and your top hand is not doing anything,’” the friend told Ortiz.

“So when I started watching videos, everything clicked one day. Boom. Just because of that.”

Was repairing his swing as simple as that? Apparently so. Ortiz has posted an OPS of at least .953 the past three seasons, including a 1.026 OPS in 90 games last year. He was an absolute monster in the World Series, posting a .668 batting average and 1.948 OPS this October. His career OPS in the World Series is above 1.380. That guy just brings it on the biggest stage.

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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