BOSTON: David Ortiz was obviously enjoying the moment on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila), soaking it all in as he stood on the field at Fenway Park and accepted his World Series MVP trophy.
Ortiz provided the bulk of the offense for the Boston Red Sox as he punished the St. Louis Cardinals with his powerful performance at the plate in the 109th World Series.
“I am back baby,” Ortiz said after the Red Sox dominated the Cardinals 6-1 to clinch their first title at home in 95 years with a 4-2 series win in Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship final.
“Should I keep it clean,” he screamed into the microphone. “This is our bleep city.”
The 37-year-old Ortiz, of the Dominican Republic, didn’t have one his most productive nights Wednesday as the Cardinals chose to walk him four out of five times he stepped up to the plate. But he finished an otherworldly 11-for-16 with a .688 batting average in the Series.
Ortiz also contributed a rousing dugout speech in the midst of game four on Sunday, inspiring his teammates to rally for a 4-2 victory that knotted the series at two games apiece.
He became the third player in Red Sox history to be named Most Valuable Player of the World Series, joining Mike Lowell (2007) and Manny Ramirez (2004).
Ortiz is the last remaining veteran from the Red Sox 2004 championship team. He now has three championships and says this ring is the one he will cherish the most.
“Winning this World Series is special,” Ortiz said. “I think it might be the most special out of all the World Series that I have been part of, to be honest with you, because this is a team that we have a lot of players with heart.”