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David Ortiz gets World Series MVP honors

Oct 31, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

It wasn’t exactly a shocker, but after batting .688 with two homers, David Ortiz was named World Series MVP following Boston’s Game 6 victory over the Cardinals.

Ortiz tied World Series and postseason records with four walks and three intentional walks in the Game 6 victory. He came around to score after two of them. He struck out in his lone official at-bat, dropping his average from .733 to .688.

Ortiz also earlier tied Billy Hatcher’s World Series record (1990 Reds) by reaching base in nine straight plate appearances between Games 3, 4 and 5. He hit both of his homers and drove in five of his six runs in Games 1 and 2.

To say Ortiz was Boston’s leading hitter would be one of the great understatements of our time. The batting averages of the nine Red Sox to play tonight:

.250 (Jacoby Ellsbury)
.208 (Dustin Pedroia)
.688
.154 (Mike Napoli)
.118 (Jonny Gomes)
.154 (Shane Victorino)
.238 (Xander Bogaerts)
.158 (Stephen Drew)
.188 (David Ross)

Still, there was some competition for MVP in the form of Jon Lester, who allowed just one run over 15 1/3 innings in winning Games 1 and 5.

The World Series MVP honor is a first for Ortiz, who is now a three-time world champion. He did win ALCS MVP in 2004 against the Yankees.

  1. chill1184 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Remember when people were saying a few years ago that Ortiz was done and need to retire? Those were good times. Congrats to Big Papi

    • psuorioles - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Interesting how he seems to get better as he gets older…

  2. wingsfan97 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Roids!!!!

  3. maikoch - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Who said steroids don’t pay?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      You obviously didn’t read my essay on steroids the other day in the last post about Ortiz.. If you had, you’d probably learn something.

      • maikoch - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        Oh, well, forgive me for not being familiar with the entire peterjohnjoseph canon.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        I was kind of being sarcastic. I actually planned on typing more so that it would of been more obvious, but I had already hit send. Still, the peterjohnjoseph memoirs are magnificent. Lots of typos. But magnificent.

    • drewzducks - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Surprised you haven’t tried them so your shriveled balls can go with your malcock.

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I’m reposting this from the other day, since I think Ortiz and a lot of other big name hitters deserve for people to understand steroids and how they work before they make decisions-

    “To which I’ll have to vehemently explain how steroids work.. It’s coming from plenty of experience myself. This guy went 2-22 in the ALCS. Didn’t get many more in the ALDS.. So now because he’s hot it has to be steroids?
    Well.. that wouldn’t make sense. As standard cycle of steroids can be anywhere from 12-16 weeks. With all injectable and oral steroids, including HGH, there is a loading period. You won’t see any strength gains during this time for at least the first 4-6 weeks. You still won’t see anything significant until the last 3-4 weeks. This is the peak of the cycle, and the bulk of the muscle is built in this time. Immediately after the cycle is when that muscle will also deteriorate the fastest as you’re body struggles to create its own Testosterone. The only way continuous muscle is built and kept in through several cycles over time. Ortiz is not a very large man in terms of muscle. As someone who has both used and been around plenty of steroid users, he has more of a typical “former fat man with condensed muscle underneath” look to him. Not someone with continuous steroid use. Not to say he hasn’t even tried, but this is not a guy that ever used them with frequency.
    Oh, and there is nothing that will allow your high eye coordination to become suddenly better. Thats focus.
    I wish people glowed orange when they juiced. You would be so surprised which guys do and don’t use.. You don’t have to be huge.. You also don’t have to be a large man that hits well.. Lay off the guy. He’s hitting well.

    And if anyone who has any steroid experience says “well oral d-bols work pretty fast” and are usually taken during loading phases.. Well yeah.. but an athlete would never take dbols as they’re going to visibly puff up like a marshmallow with water weight overnight. It would be so noticeable that we would all be able to tell. Also because they are oral, they do not last anywhere near what an injectable does. That water weight will be gone within two weeks, and your body will be unable to create its own Testosterone, and you’d loose strength just as fast (hence why you’d only take them in conjunction with injectables to start a cycle).

    If you’d like to explain to me how he could be using through an entire season without a change in body size, no distinct period of time where his numbers decreased enough to say he was in between cycles- since you can not go a full season continuously using steroids, they don’t work that way- than how can you rip the guy if you don’t understand? This goes for a lot of people I see getting ripped for it. I see people I KNOW are juicing, yet no one says anything about them, but the guys with bigger numbers always get immediately pointed out.

    This isn’t about just defending Ortiz. This is something that bothers me in general about baseball and the lack of knowledge about how steroids work, and how to spot it without just saying “He’s big, he hits well. There has to be a drug for that, even though I have no clue what it is, or the slightest clue about it. “

    I wish the MLB would let me write a pamphlet on how to spot this. Talent would be appreciated more.”

  5. perryt200 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Congrats Boston, Congrats David Ortiz.

    I expected a game 7 but your guys stepped it up.

  6. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    *Ortiz

  7. miketreedy - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    The legend of Big Papi continues to grow. I thought Lest would also have been a great choice for MVP.

  8. j0esixpack - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Should have been co-MVPs

    Lester did better than most of the previous World Series MVPs.

    If there can be only one it’s Ortiz but since the Schilling/Johnson MVP year set the
    precedent this is an even clearer case

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      I absolutely agree. In most cases a performance like Lester’s would be hard pressed to be overshadowed. He’ll get his just due from the fan base.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Not to mention, Lester has taken the word “arguably” out of the sentence when talking about whether he’s an ace or not. This cemented his spot among the big names in the league.

    • rje49 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Yup, even before last night’s game started, that’s what I was thinking, too.

  9. garlicfriesandbaseball - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Reblogged this on Garlicfriesandbaseball's Blog and commented:
    Not quite as an exciting game as games 3 and 4, but Boston left no doubt as to who the 2013 World Champions are and should be. And from the beginning, Papi came through with flying colors to be the MVP. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Champions!

  10. disgracedfury - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    peterjohnjoseph:

    I believe your right but it’s sad A-Rod is a enemy number 1 and Ortiz is the MVP with no taint and yet he has and probably is still taking some form of PEDs.

    Yes I’m a Yankees fan(who wishes ARoid gets suspended) but Bud Selig is doing a “witch hunt” on A-Rod and Ortiz who never admitted(unlike Pettitte) of taking PEDS and gets a free pass. We don’t know if he not taking Testosterone or other “designer drugs”.

    Remember Manny in 2009 was on his last leg in Boston and yet when he went to the Dodger she just exploded and he wasn’t taking HGH.

    Listen Ortiz is a great hitter but it’s funny how he was never a great hitter until 2003.Sorry but if Ortiz is gonna get a free pass in the media doesn’t mean he should get a free pass everywhere else.He still not a hall of famer.

    • dan1111 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Ortiz tested positive once for an unknown substance, using exploratory testing with an unknown level of rigor, during a period of time when steroids were officially banned but not taken very seriously. On the other hand, there is a large body of evidence that A-Rod used steroids over a long period of time.

      There is a huge difference between the two players in the evidence for steroid use, and it would be unjust to treat them the same (not that I think the vilification of A-Rod is entirely fair).

      Furthermore, Ortiz was known to have major power potential early in his career, but struggled with injuries (including two wrist injuries, which particularly hamper power hitting). If it were not for this potential, neither Minnesota nor Boston would have been interested in an oft-injured hitter with no defensive value.

  11. gambeast5533 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Disgracedfury: Do you think it’s possible that Ortiz’s numbers got better in 2003 because he started playing in a hitter-friendly park, like Fenway, with a short right field wall for 81 games of the season? After all, that is why the Sox signed him. It’s why Wade Boggs, Fred Lynn, Mo Vaughn, Carl Yastrzemski, and Mike Greenwell did so great there as well. It’s the same reason they went after Adrian Gonzalez, but it didn’t work out so well with him.

    Now, does that mean he didn’t use PED’s? I really have no idea. But, I’m not here to judge him, just to enjoy what he does.

    • deathmonkey41 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Of course and the 54 HRs in 2006 don’t set off any alarms whatsoever…

    • rje49 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      gamebeast, Fenway doesn’t have a short rightfield. Except the corner by the foul pole, it’s one of the longest, if not the longest rightfield in the majors. The wall itself my be short, by the distance is great compared to other parks. It’s a huge rightfield.

  12. 7mantel - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Free PED’s for the rest of his career !

  13. golfsox78 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    It is sad that because there was a period of PED abuse that from now on everyone is under suspicion. It doesn’t matter who it is. You can make the case that the Cards starting rotation and relievers are using PEDs. How do they hit nearly 100 MPH with pin point accuracy? From now on to the near future anyone who does anything that special can easily be labeled as a PED user. The only thing we can do is trust the MLB testing process and have faith in the players we cheer for.

  14. 7mantel - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Mlb must have some kind of agenda , Ortiz’s lame statent and roid melt downs should put him in the same light as ARod !

  15. unsportsmenmic - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    I’m glad Boston won, but if we don’t think Ortiz is juicing then we are all being dumb. With that said let the backlash begin

  16. publishingjmf30 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    You mean 1990 Reds, not 2000.

    • gerryb323 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      No, he meant 5 years after his retirement Billy Hatcher played for the Reds when they played in the Subway series against the Yankees and Mets in 2000. Geez.

  17. swmocardsfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Absolutely deserving of this honor. Hats off to the BoSox on a great series. Played with class, won with class, deserved to win it. St Louis got cold at the wrong time and Ortiz played out of his mind. Congrats Boston.

    • nbjays - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Good thing Papi played “out of his mind” because, according to Matthew’s chart above, the rest of the Red Sox lineup pretty much hit like the Cardinals.

      • swmocardsfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        The rest of them did hit, average wise, like the Cardinals, but there was one key difference. The hits Boston got were timely. Gomes 3-run homer off Maness is the perfect example. St Louis might have gotten hits, but a single with no one on doesn’t win championships. Victorino bouncing one off the monster with the bases loaded does.

  18. j0esixpack - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    It should have gone to Magic Johnson

  19. eagles512 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Don’t understand why the media glosses over his PED past. And the helmet-so unfunny.

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