David Ortiz, A.K.A. "Big Papi" Dominates, Leads Boston to Third Title This Century.
That describes the performance of David Ortiz, the loveable larger than life designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, who was so dominant in the Fall Classic that even the Cardinals pitchers didn't even want to take a chance during their last chance to extend the series.
They had seen enough of his .733 average and so he racked up walk after walk. I guess you could say he was Walka'd. That wasn't the half of it though as he didn't strike out in any of his previous 10 playoff games until the last game of the series, game 6. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.
Ortiz, who has gone through adversity, as have the Red Sox over the past few seasons, came together along with new teammates on a revamped roster after the tragic bombing in Boston that happened right after the season began.
Beards and bonds began to grow. So did the legend of Ortiz.
Boston led wire to wire. Even though the Cardinals won the same amount of games, it never felt close.
The season was still filled with drama though, the call ups of young exciting players, some of whom ended up back down at Pawtucket (the Red Sox minor league affiliate), injuries that provided opportunities for guys like Koji Uehara who found something and became unhittable, to Ortiz who was dominant, to new members like Napoli, Victorino, and Gomes, who all came up big, seemingly at the right moments, to the block buster trade for starter Jake Peavy.
It was one thing after another. Yet, they overcame. Led by Ortiz. Now, he's the MVP and the Red Sox are the World Champions!