Most Valuable Papi.
David Ortiz walked off as the World Series MVP on Wednesday night, capping a dominant week in which he spurred the Boston Red Sox over St. Louis with a mix of power, patience and a most timely pep talk.
Ortiz hoisted reliever Koji Uehara after the final out of a 6-1 win, then Big Papi raised the gleaming gold trophy in his crowning achievement.
Now a three-time champion, Oritz is the last link to the Red Sox team that swept the Cardinals in 2004 and ended an 86-year title drought.
After a while, the Cardinals simply gave up trying to get him out. Ortiz walked four times — three of them intentional — in the 6-1 win Wednesday night in Game 6 that clinched the championship.
Ortiz hit 11-for-16 (.688) with a 1.948 OPS, two home runs and six RBIs against the Cardinals, and just missed a grand slam when Carlos Beltran robbed him by reaching over the short bullpen wall. By comparison, the rest of the Red Sox hit .169 with a 484 OPS and two home runs.
Ortiz also drew eight walks and legged out a few infield hits, helped by St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter playing way out in shallow right field. At one point, Ortiz tied a Series record by reaching base in nine straight trips.
Ortiz’s .760 on-base percentage and batting average were the second-highest in Series history, trailing only Billy Hatcher’s marks of .800 and .750 in 1990 for Cincinnati.
That’s also what the Red Sox expect from their Dominican-born thumper, known for his neatly tailored suits and dazzling diamond jewelry.
Whatever the Red Sox need, and whenever they need it, he’s ready. When the Series shifted to St. Louis and there was no designated hitter, he adeptly moved from the DH spot to first base
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNBoston.com reporter Joe McDonald was used in this report.