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.
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).