Red Sox: David Ortiz reacts to 5-run inning in ALDS Game 4
David Ortiz is live-tweeting the Red Sox-Rays ALDS and his reactions are hilarious
David Ortiz went from being the face of the Red Sox to being a Red Sox fan.
Of all the players who came through the franchise and are now retired, few are as dialed in or focused on the team as Big Papi. Of course, he has a lifetime contract with the team to do all manner of things, including mentoring players, making fun of the Yankees, pretty much just being around to make us all happy, as he did for the 13 years he wore the uniform.
Throughout the postseason, Ortiz has been live-tweeting games in addition to his now-customary Fox Sports postseason coverage. Who can forget his reaction to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grand slam in the 2018 ALCS?
Back in the present, Ortiz is having a blast live-tweeting the games he used to play:
Praising his DH heir apparent, JD Martinez:
The 13th inning walk-off win:
And on Monday night, the Sox had a five-run inning that included Rafael Devers’ three-run home run. All of the runs came with two outs, known here as the David Ortiz Special. Of his 541 career home runs, 177 were two-out blasts; 53 of them came against Rays pitchers.
Devers, an Ortiz protege, has already cemented himself as a postseason legend in Boston. In the 2017 ALDS, he hit an inside-the-park home run for his first postseason bomb. At the age of 20, that feat made him the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run in the postseason, and the youngest player in MLB history to hit an inside-the-parker in a postseason game.
Ortiz’s name is essentially synonymous with postseason baseball in Boston. After all, he pretty much defined postseason heroics.
Between 2003-2016, Ortiz hit .291/.415/.560 with a .975 OPS with 19 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 51 runs scored, and 57 RBI in 76 postseason games with the Sox. Opposing batters intentionally walked him 11 times. Without him, there is no curse reversal in 2004, nor is there a 2007 ring, the 2013 Boston Strong championship, any of the division titles, pennants, trophies, and parades.
That he continues to be a part of it and his influence is still felt makes the new generation all the more special.