Big Papi delivers in World Series

Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:36am EDT
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By Julian Linden

BOSTON (Reuters) - David Ortiz capped an already stellar career by winning the Most Valuable Player award in the World Series on Wednesday and capturing the hearts of the Boston Nation.

Already a cult figure in New England, the Red Sox slugger was an unstoppable force during the series, smashing two home runs and batting a remarkable .733 (11-for-15) with six runs batted in for the six-game series.

The St. Louis Cardinals, beaten 4-2 in the best-of-seven series, were seemingly unable to stop the 37-year-old, known affectionately as 'Big Papi'.

"I know I'm one of the forces for this ballgame, and I like to take things personal, you know," he told reporters after his team mates sprayed him with champagne.

"And that's been my whole career, a challenge. I wasn't trying to be the guy, but I know I got to get something done to keep the line moving.

"And thank God, everything worked out well, and I don't even have to do anything today, I guess, the rest of the team take over."

By Wednesday's Game Six at Fenway Park, the Cardinals had virtually given up on stopping Ortiz and elected to walk him four times as he completed one of the most dominant batting performances ever seen in a Fall Classic.

"He's as hot as anyone you're going to see this time of year," said Mike Matheny, the St. Louis manager. "We tried to make tough pitches in tough situations, tried to pitch around him at times."   Continued...

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports