I really wish I did more writing on sports, especially after moments like last night’s walk-off HR by Red Sox DH David Ortiz. What an amazing game that in some ways could read like a movie script. Only could the Red Sox make someone scream at the top of their lungs when everyone else is either in bed or going to bed.
The Joy of Sox has a very interesting blog post on David Ortiz’s heroics since the 2004 season. I couldn’t make up numbers that are better then what he has done.
I took a look at all Red Sox home games since Ortiz joined the team in 2003. When I started, I figured that contrary to what we all think, Ortiz doesn’t always win games in walk-off situations. We simply forget the times he has made an out.
Well, in the last two seasons, that’s simply not true.
He DOES do it all the time.
2003: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, BB
2004: 2-for-8, HR, 3 RBI
2004 PS: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB
2005: 3-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
2006: 5-for-6, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB
Since the end of the 2004 regular season, Ortiz has come to the plate in a walk-off situations 19 times — and reached base 16 times. He is 11-for-14 (.786), with 7 HR and 20 RBI.
In 2005 and 2006, he is 8-for-9, with 5 HR and 15 RBI!
Simply amazing. The best part about all of this? I got to witness one of the walkoffs in person during the 2004 playoffs (Game 3 of the ALDS vs. the Angels).