David Ortiz, who used to play for the Boston Red Sox and now works as a FOX Sports analyst, might be one of the best clutch players in Major League Baseball history.
Big Papi had two walk-off hits 18 years ago that helped the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the ALCS. They were the first team in MLB playoff history to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win the ALCS. Ortiz and the Red Sox went on to sweep the Cardinals and win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.
Three years later, the left-handed slugger was a big reason why the Red Sox won another championship. He hit.370 in the postseason of 2007, which was a big part of that.
But Big Papi’s play in the 2013 postseason cemented his place as one of the best clutch hitters in baseball history.
In the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers, Ortiz stepped up to the plate and hit a dramatic grand slam that tied the game and helped the Red Sox win.
Ortiz had a World Series for the ages. After beating the Tigers, he hit.688 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals again. He tied a World Series record by getting on base nine times in a row. This helped him win the most valuable player for the series.
Just three months after his first-ballot Hall of Fame induction, baseball fans can look back on those times and see them in a new light.
FOX Sports will show “David Ortiz: Legend of Fall,” an exclusive, all-access documentary, on FS1 after the Dodgers and Padres finish their NLDS game on Friday (8:37 p.m. ET).
And Ortiz said of the upcoming documentary, “This film tells my fans that if they have faith and don’t give up, they can achieve their dreams.” I was very lucky to reach it, and being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame makes me feel small.
I’m grateful that FOX Sports, Check Point Productions, and my own Big Papi Productions were able to film my baseball career and special moments at the plate, giving me the gift of being able to relive these important times in my life. I am just as proud of what I have done outside of sports as I am of what I have done on the field. I hope that my fans like the movie as much as I do.
In the documentary, Ortiz talks about the key moments in his Hall of Fame career and how they affected him. It also has a number of exclusive interviews with teammates and rivals who know him best and are stars in their own right.
Along with showing Ortiz’s heroics on the field that led to three World Series titles, the movie also follows him as he gets ready to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It has exclusive footage of the interactions and parties he had that July weekend in Cooperstown. FOX Sports Vice President of Development and Original Programming Barry Nugent said he hopes baseball fans who remember those moments will be able to relive them in a special way and those who don’t will be able to experience them in a unique way.
Nugent said in a statement, “David Ortiz is one of the most loved people on and off the field, and FOX Sports is excited to shine a light on one of our own during this historic and iconic moment in his career.” “He continues to bring a lot of joy to baseball fans all over the world, and we are thrilled to give those fans a front-row seat to Big Papi’s baseball journey to his induction into the Hall of Fame.”
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