4. The 2013 World Series
The 2013 World Series is up there with 2004 for the most important Commissioners Trophy in franchise history. After the tragedy of the Boston Marathon that year, the city was in need of a win and Ortiz helped deliver just that. He hit .668 with two home runs and six RBI, going 6-for-7 in the crucial Games 4 and 5 that shifted the series back to Boston. Amazingly, he reached base in 19 of 25 plate appearances.
The stats speak for themselves, but let’s not forget the leadership he provided that guided the Red Sox back from a 2-1 series deficit. Tied at 1 in the sixth inning of Game 4, Ortiz called a team meeting and urged his players to take in the moment and play loose. His speech obviously worked, as Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer later that inning to put the Red Sox up for good. They would go on to win Games 5 and 6 as well, sealing their eighth World Series title in team history.