Now that the best clutch hitter in Red Sox history, DH David Ortiz otherwise known as Big Papi, has finally reached the prestigious milestone of 500 home runs, it is time to take a look back at his best moments in a Red Sox uniform. This list, in no particular order, will help remind Red Sox Nation why Ortiz will be one of the best players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.
- 2004 ALDS Game 3 vs. the Angels
Going way back in time to the magical season of 2004, the Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 series lead in the ALDS against the LA Angels. After leading the game 6-1, the Angels rallied back to tie the score. In the 10th, David Ortiz launched a home run over the Green Monster that led the Red Sox into the ALCS vs. the Yankees.
- 2004 ALCS Game 4 vs. the Yankees
After a 19-8 loss in Game 3 of the ALCS, David Ortiz stepped up in the bottom of the 12th and saved the Red Sox from elimination. Not only did he save them from elimination, but he also helped inspire a comeback that stands in history as one of the only times a team has come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win the ALCS.
- 2013 ALCS Game 2 vs. the Tigers
While I have to go look up Ortiz’s home runs in 2004, I can vividly remember this home run. Earlier in the day, the Patriots came from behind to beat the Saints in the final moments of the game. Ortiz cemented a great day in New England by stepping up to the plate with the Red Sox losing 5-1 in the eighth. Ortiz only needed one pitch to launch it deep into the Red Sox bullpen to knot the game at 5. The Red Sox would go on to win this game and advance to the World Series.
- 2013 World Series Game 1 vs. the Cardinals
Ortiz had perhaps one of the best World Series performances in history in 2013. In Game 1, Ortiz capped a Red Sox win with a home run in the seventh inning. Ortiz ended up hitting .688 with six RBIs in this series.
- May 11, 2011 vs. the Cubs
Transitioning over to the regular season, Ortiz launched a memorable home run against the Cubs early in 2011 as he launched his 300th homer with the Red Sox joining legends such as Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, and Dwight Evans in that club.
- September 21, 2006 vs. the Twins
Ortiz broke a record that had stood since 1938 with this home run against the Twins. He passed Red Sox icon Jimmie Foxx with his 51st home run of the year and concluded this season with 54 homers.
- August 26, 2009 vs. the White Sox
Ortiz made walk-off history this season as this home run happened in the bottom of the ninth against the White Sox. The home run, marking his nine walk-off homer for the Red Sox that season, set a franchise record.
- September 12, 2015 vs. the Rays
In a classic Ortiz game, he launched his 499th and 500th home run against Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore. Let’s hope Ortiz does not stop here and continues to show why he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
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