As the start of the MLB season has been delayed amid the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, there's no better time to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the most magical moments in sports. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was no stranger to these career-defining moments. While Big Papi has come up big many times during his tenure with Boston, none have been as big as these few.
Ortiz's 500th Home Run
While Ortiz launched his 500th home run in an ordinary matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays, it will still be a moment Sox fans remember forever. Big Papi joined an exclusive club of only 27 men with this swing.
Walk-Off Home Run in 2004 ALDS Game 3
After stealing two games in Anaheim, the Red Sox took a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Angels back home to Fenway. They needed just one more win to punch their ticket to the ALCS against the powerhouse New York Yankees. The Angels did not go down without a fight however, and this one went into extras. In the 10th inning, Ortiz registered his fourth hit of the game in a huge way. He launched an opposite field home run over the Green Monster to walk-off the series. I think we all know what happened in the ALCS....
Game-Tying Grand Slam in 2013 ALCS Game 2
The Red Sox were trailing the Detroit TIgers 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. After losing Game 1, securing this game at home was crucial. Ortiz had an opportunity at the plate with the bases loaded and he squared up the first pitch and sent it over the fence, which tied it up at 5-5. The Red Sox would go on to win the game, series, and ultimately the World Series. This moment shifted the momentum in such a colossal way for Boston.
Walk-Off Home Run in 2004 ALCS Game 4
The Red Sox faced off against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. Defeat seemed imminent when the Sox dropped the first three games, but Boston didn't give up. Game 4 at Fenway went to extras, and with their backs against the wall in the 12th inning, Ortiz launched a walk-off two-run bomb to give the Sox their first win of the ALCS. They went on to defy all odds, completed the first-ever series win trailing 0-3 after the first three games, and won their first World Series since 1918.
Ortiz's Pregame Speech After Boston Marathon Bombing
One of Ortiz's greatest moments of his career has nothing to with anything he actually did during a game. In the Red Sox' first home contest since the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing, Ortiz gave a speech to help bring the city back to its feet and it's safe to say this is another moment he'll be dearly remembered for.
While nobody knows exactly when the MLB season will be underway, Boston fans can spend the time revisiting the historical moments created by their legendary slugger.