In this edition of the #PapiMoment series, we will be looking at a number of David Ortiz moments that were not mentioned in previous articles.
13 Years Ago Today
October 5th, 2003 the Red Sox were at home to take on the Oakland Athletics. After falling down in the ALDS 2-0 and staving off elimination in the eleventh inning of Game 3. In Game 4 the Red Sox found themselves in trouble again, trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth.
The Red Sox were threatening with Nomar Garciaparra on 3rd and Manny Ramirez on 1st. With 2 outs, up came a struggling David Ortiz to the plate. Ortiz took Keith Foulke's sixth pitch of the at bat opposite field off the monster. He platted both runners and gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead.
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The Home Run Derby
David Ortiz was the oldest contestant in the 2010 Home Run Derby, but that didn't stop him from winning. Ortiz was 35 years old which was eight years older than any other finals contestants.
Ortiz went on that night to hit 32 home runs with a long of 478 feet. He hammered 11 home runs in the final round while out slugging Hanley Ramirez to take the trophy.
Just hours after Ortiz clubbed a three-run homer against the Orioles, he received three straight inside fastballs. Ortiz slowly walked toward the mound but was restrained by the home plate umpire as the benches cleared. The umpires delivered warnings and cleared the chaos.
The next pitch, Ortiz popped up an inside, 3-0 fastball. Orioles pitcher, Kevin Gregg, told Ortiz to run towards first base, so Ortiz ran at him instead. The players pushed and shoved but missed on their punches, including a huge uppercut from Ortiz.
"David's remarkable commitment to helping children receive essential pediatric care in the United States and the Dominican Republic makes him a wonderful choice for this honor. The legacy of the great Roberto Clemente lives on through the selfless actions of players like David and so many of his peers."
The Record - http://www.redsoxlife.com/2016/07/papimoment-record.html
The Pep Talk - http://www.redsoxlife.com/2016/08/papimoment-pep-talk.html
The Grand Slam - http://www.redsoxlife.com/2016/09/papimoment-grand-slam.html