With the Boston Red Sox being eliminated in the playoffs by the Cleveland Indians on Monday night, it also spelled the end for the historic career of David Ortiz. Big Papi announced before the season that 2016 would be his last, even after producing 38 home runs at the age of 40. Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs, 1768 runs batted in, and a .286 batting average (not to mention 17 stolen bases). While his time on the diamond is over, we can still relive all the great moments the DH had with the Boston Red Sox. You might need to bust out the tissues…
Game Four of the 2003 ALDS versus the Oakland Athletics
Big Papi showed off his clutch hitting for the first major time in Boston as he provided a huge spark to the playoff run in 2003. This base hit helped not only the Red Sox stave off elimination, but also to come back and win the series to face the New York Yankees in the ALCS...but we won’t talk about that now.
Game Three of the 2004 ALDS versus the Anaheim Angels
Who doesn’t love a walk-off home run that not only gives you the victory, but also a series win to face the Yankees in the next round?
Game Four of the 2004 ALCS versus the New York Yankees
Throw in what seemed to a be a unsurmountable deficit and add in a 14 inning contest and you have yourself the recipe for one of the greatest walk-off home runs in baseball history. The homer kept the dream of a World Series title alive for the Sox when they needed it the most.
Game Five of the 2004 ALCS versus the New York Yankees
No need to wait around for a big hit when you’re David Ortiz. Big Papi launched this home run the day after his walk-off to give the Sox a chance to move closer to the comeback…which they did of course.