Meridian Star

October 30, 2013

Dominant Ortiz wins MVP

The Associated Press
Associated Press

BOSTON — Most Valuable Papi.

    David Ortiz walked off with the World Series MVP prize Wednesday night, capping a dominant week in which he led the Boston Red Sox over St. Louis with a mix of power, patience and a most timely pep talk.

    It was the crowning achievement in the career of Big Papi, now a three-time champion and the last link to the 2004 sweep over the Cardinals that ended an 86-year title drought.

    After a while, the Cardinals simply gave up trying to get him out. Ortiz walked four times — three of them intentional — in the 6-1 win Wednesday night in Game 6 that clinched the championship.

    When Ortiz came to the plate for the last time, in the eighth inning with the outcome safely in hand, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stood up and spoke to him in the batter's box. Molina softly patted Ortiz twice on the side, too.

    Well done, pal.

    Ortiz then watched four more wide ones and trotted to first base, having piled up totals that not even slow-pitch softball players dream about: He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances.

    The sellout crowd at Fenway Park broke into thunderous chants of "MVP! MVP!" each time Ortiz batted. Quite a turnaround for the 37-year-old slugger who badly slumped in the AL championship.