You read about the grand slam, and in the very next series Big Papi stayed as hot as ever. The Red Sox were facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series and David Ortiz was ready.
Ortiz pumps up the Red Sox double after a double in Game 4
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Those next 6 games were some of the most dominant baseball anybody has ever played. Ortiz was simply unstoppable and forced the Cardinals to not pitch him the ball. If you don't believe me, take a look at his game-by-game stats:
Game 1: 2-3, 2-run home run, sac fly, 3 RBIs Game 2: 2-3, home run, 2 RBIs Game 3: 1-2, 2 walks (one intentional) Game 4: 3-3, double, intentional walk, two runs scored Game 5: 3-4, double, RBI Game 6: 0-1, 4 walks (three intentional), 2 runs scored
That totals up to an amazing 11-16 (.688) with a 1.948 OPS, two home runs and six RBIs. The rest of the Red Sox hit a combined .169 with a .484 OPS and two home runs. Ortiz drew eight walks and reached base nine straight times, which tied a World Series record. And his .760 on-base percentage and .688 batting average were the second highest in World Series history.
David Ortiz celebrated after winning the 2013 World Series
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He was so good that even the Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina, and umpire, Jim Joyce, could be heard commenting about his play.
"This guy's unbelievable," Molina said on Fox audio.
"He's fun to watch," Joyce said.
Ortiz gathered 11 of the Red Sox 41 hits in that series, and stepped up whenever he was needed. There were similarities of the 2004 and 2007 World Series which the Red Sox were victorious. When the team needed Ortiz, he answered. He even played first base when the series shifted to St. Louis, much like 2007 in Colorado.
These unreal numbers and performances obviously brought David Ortiz the 2013 World Series MVP. Hopefully Ortiz has one more final surge like this in the 2016 playoffs.