The Rangers made the mistake of intentionally walking Dustin Pedroia after surrendering a double to Jonny Gomez in the hopes that Big Papi would ground into a double play.
At 37 years young, Ortiz is having one of the best starts of his illustrious career, batting .327 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in just 41 games. For those of you pulling out your calculators, that would average out to roughly 40 home runs and 154 RBI in 162 games if he were to keep this pace up.
He's also posting a .399 on-base percentage and a .614 slugging percentage for a 1.013 OPS.
Ortiz has been clutch. While he struggled early in the game, starting 0-for-3 in the game with his highlight being a walk. However, he put those troubles aside and blasted a home run, which capped off a Red Sox comeback after they trailed 3-0.
This was the 11th walk-off home run in Ortiz's great career, and he's had some truly special ones.
David Ortiz is CLUTCH! Big Papi's 11th career walk-off HR is a 3-run shot to give Boston a 6-3 win over Texas.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2013
David Ortiz with his 11th career walk-off HR; 2 shy of MLB record (Jim Thome 13)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 7, 2013
Has anyone ever seen a manager TRY to pitch to David Ortiz in the 9th? With the score tied...at home? I haven't...til tonight. #redsox— Michael Holley (@MichaelSHolley) June 7, 2013
Let's go for a little stroll down memory lane.
Remember this one over the Green Monster to win the 2004 ALDS?
This isn't the first time Ortiz beat the Rangers, blasting a walk-off home run against them on June 11, 2006.
Not all of his walk offs have been home runs, however, as he beat the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS with a walk-off single.
And who could forget the walk-off homer in Game 4 of the ALCS that sparked the greatest postseason comeback in MLB history?
Big Papi looked like his younger self tonight against the Rangers. He is on pace to make his fourth straight All-Star Game and nine in 10 years.
He has been a huge part of the Red Sox's success this year, batting cleanup, and he has guided the team to first place in the AL East. They are two games ahead of the rival Yankees.
At this rate, Ortiz may never have to retire.
Just retire his number now. Seriously. @davidortiz— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 7, 2013