|Shame on you if you don't know who they're waiting for.
You know, Ortiz must be getting bored or something. He knows he can hit home runs and put the game away, but he decides to save them for later. He puts one in his back pocket, does the math in his head and figures out he'll probably come up in the ninth. So, Ortiz being Ortiz, he just decides to knock one out so he can make us fans melt in his hands even more.
And I don't want anyone to tell me that there is no such thing as "clutch." There is clutch. David Ortiz is clutch. Some people may say it's just Ortiz being lucky, but, as Don Orsillo would say, "HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU GO TO THE WALL?!" The first time might have been luck -- might have been luck. But game-winning hit after game-winning hit has eliminated the luck factor forever.
Simply put, David Ortiz is the best hitter in baseball.
I won't even get into the MVP discussion, because if he doesn't win it this year I think every single writer that casts a vote deserves a CAT scan.
I was saying yesterday that Manny Ramirez is the best overall hitter in baseball. I also said it would be a race between the Sox left fielder and the Sox designated hitter for the MVP award. But game-winning hits separates hitters, and it's definitely separates our two best sluggers at the moment.
I don't want to say that Ramirez isn't clutch, either. He may not get the hits like Ortiz does, but that may be because Ortiz doesn't let him get the chance. Obviously we'll never know, but Ramirez delivers from inning 1-8 and we have to remember that.
And you can't compare Ramirez and Ortiz because, like the title reads, Papi is super-human. And if you compare Ramirez and Ortiz, that'd be like comparing apples and game-winning home runs. You just can't do it.
I think all Sox fans just need to sit back and think about what Ortiz gives us. We need to remember that there is no other player like him. No one has the track record he does. And just when you think he's going to go into a 9th-inning slump, he just continues to hit.
We as Sox fans have this feeling about Ortiz that no other fan of any other team has. No one has an Ortiz. We really need to remember that and cherish it. Imagine where we'd be without him. You don't want to think about it do you? I hope we never, ever have to think about that.
In the history of baseball, there is only one Big Papi. We are extremely fortunate to watch this man day in and day out do unthinkable things with a bat.
And he does it more times than not.