#PapiMoment - The Grand Slam

Brian Hines
Contributing Writer

As the #PapiMoment series (sadly) begins to come to an end, we take a look at what might be David Ortiz's clutchest moment in Boston.

The Red Sox were being no hit by Max Scherzer and on the verge of going down 2-0 in the 2013 ALCS. As the series was heading back to Detroit, the Red Sox were in trouble. The Red Sox found themselves down 5-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth. They just recorded their first hit and run of the ball game in the bottom of the sixth.

David Ortiz admires his grand slam ball that tied the game at 5
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The eighth started with a Stephen Drew groundout, but Will Middlebrooks got things started with a double to left. Jacoby Ellsbury then drew a walk. Shane Victorino stepped in and went down swinging and Dustin Pedroia punched a ball opposite field into right for a single.

Bases loaded, two outs, down four. Who else but David Ortiz stepped in. The Tigers made their fourth pitching change of the inning. They brought in Joaquin Benoit, as Joe Buck pointed out Ortiz has never homered against Benoit in his career. You could see what was coming. Every Red Sox fan knew it was going to happen. I remember looking at my dad and saying "He's going to hit a grand slam and we are going to win this game."

The bullpen cop celebrates as Tori Hunter is unable to rob David Ortiz
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Ortiz guaranteed what we were all thinking and wasted little time doing so. Instead of telling you about the moment, I'll just let you watch it for what might be the 200th time.

It was just another day in the office for Big Papi. Following a Patriots game where Tom Brady executed a game winning drive with less than a minute to go, another Boston legend provided a bigger encore. And of course, the Red Sox went on to win the game in the ninth as Jarrod Saltalamacchia brought in Jonny Gomes with an RBI single.

The Red Sox mob Jarrod Saltalamacchia after he brings Jonny Gomes in to win the game
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