Most Valuable Red Sox: World Series 2013, Game 1

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

The Red Sox emerged victorious in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series thanks to...

The Red Sox have taken a 1-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series, and I don't think there's really much question who's most deserving of MVP honors for Game 1. But let's put it up to vote just-the-same.

David Ortiz

It's amusing how much stronger Ortiz' case would be if you just flipped the defensive efforts in his first and second at bats. Imagine for a moment that Kozma turns the inning-ending double play rather than letting the bases be loaded. Imagine it's just 1-0 when Ortiz comes to bat again with the bases loaded. And imagine that his blast to right is not hauled in by Carlos Beltran, but instead falls into the bullpen for a grand slam.

Suddenly we're talking about a guy who took a 1-0 game and blew it wide open, then added two more runs later on a second homer.

That didn't happen, though. Instead, Ortiz lucked out in the first, paid for it in the second, then got his homer all-the-same in the seventh. His was still the most productive bat of the night, but oh the story could be so much more dramatic with just the smallest of tweaks...

Mike Napoli

While Pete Kozma's error set the Red Sox up, it was Napoli who still had to come through with the big hit in the first. His three-run double counts for as many runs as David Ortiz' homer and almost-homer combined, and he's the one who actually assured Red Sox fans that everything was gonna be alright.

Jon Lester

Alright, now that we're done with the formalities of having competition, here's your man. 7.2 innings, five hits, one walk, eight strikeouts, zero runs. He personally ended his most dangerous inning--largely caused by a pair of ground balls getting through for hits--by snagging a comebacker and calmly starting the 1-2-3 double play. He ended the night with 76 strikes on 112 pitches, and could have finished the eighth if John Farrell didn't want to make sure he got his well-deserved standing ovation. This was 2007 Josh Beckett saying in no uncertain terms that Game 1 was going Boston's way. Just, y'know, without quite so many personality hang-ups.

He's your man. I'm giving you the options, but he's your man.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker