August 1, 2006

WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT, PRINT THE FACT:

David Ortiz in Walkoff Situations (The Joy of Sox, 8/01/06)

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!

MORE (from David Cohen, including comment):
Biggest deal in town -- Ortiz again saves day for Sox (Jeff Horrigan, 8/01/06, Boston Herald )

Boston, which was on the verge of falling into a first-place tie with the idle New York Yankees in the American League East for the first time in 44 days, appeared to have little hope after David Wells struggled in his latest return from the disabled list. The left-hander was hammered for eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 4shaky innings.

The 43-year-old, who became the oldest pitcher ever to start a game for the Sox, surrendered leads of 2-0, 4-3 and 6-5, and left with his team trailing, 8-6. Wells gave up two home runs to Casey Blake, including a three-run shot in the fifth inning that appeared to push the Indians ahead for the duration of the evening.

"You can really tell how much things in Boston have changed since '04 by the fact that the crowd applauded Wells after he was yanked. Three years ago he would have been hung -- in effigy if lucky and fast."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2006 6:07 PM
Comments

oj, David
Red Sox payroll, $100M+
Oakland "A"'s, $60M+/-
Tell me which organization is best?
I will forever believe the Curt Flood free agency win spelled the death of MLB for ordinary fans, at least for this very ordinary former fan.
Mike

Posted by: Mike Daley at August 2, 2006 1:07 AM

Mike: The Red Sox are significantly better than the A's.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 2, 2006 9:15 AM

Mike:

Which is why Oakland always chokes in the playoffs.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 9:31 AM

Boston could slide right out of the playoffs. The Yankees have caught them in the division and Chicago is tied with them in the wild card, with Minnesota just a couple back. Orrin better hope he's right about the Sox - both Red and White.

Posted by: Casey Abell at August 2, 2006 1:53 PM

The Yanks got lucky and missed Kazmir and Liriano. The Sox have had the Angels and CC Sabathia. It'll even out. Meanwhile, note that without Varitek both Johnson and Snyder pitched better as they went along, not worse.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 3:29 PM
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