Ranking the ten greatest moments of David Ortiz’s Red Sox career
On Tuesday night, Red Sox legend David Ortiz was elected to the Hall of Fame with 77.9% of the vote. In his twenty years in the big leagues, Ortiz racked up 2,472 hits, 541 home runs, and 1,768 RBI. The ten-time All-Star finished in the top-ten in home runs and RBI nine times each and extra-base hits ten times.
Ortiz, however, is most remembered for his heroics in October. Big Papi was the key piece of three World Series-winning teams, including the 2004 team that broke the Red Sox eighty-six-year title drought. Those fall feats have many saying he could go down as the most important player to ever wear a Boston uniform.
No player in baseball history can top his 3.2 career postseason win probability added, while only three can top his 61 RBI, all of whom had at least 100 more plate appearances. In terms of pure intimidation, no batter of his generation caused more fear in opposing pitchers with the game on the line than Big Papi.
There is no way to truly capture what Ortiz meant to the Red Sox and the city of Boston. With that being said, let’s look back at ten of the greatest moments of his Hall of Fame career.