World Series media roundup: New York paper tabs David Ortiz ‘the current Mr. October’
|10.31.13 at 10:46 am ET|
It would be an understatement to say that David Ortiz has been an integral piece of the Red Sox’ dominance over the last decade.
Ever since he was signed by Boston on Jan. 22, 2003, Ortiz has been part of a franchise that has collected three World Series championships. Ortiz also has collected his fair share of individual accolades, as he’s been named to the All Star Game nine times with Boston while also earning the 2004 ALCS MVP and, Wednesday night, the 2013 World Series MVP.
While Ortiz has earned the admiration of millions of Sox fans, even the New York media is beginning to give the Boston designated hitter the respect he deserves in the aftermath of Boston’s improbable run to the franchise’s eighth World Series title.
The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff penned a piece describing Ortiz as “the current Mr. October.”
Ortiz finished off his third Fall Classic with an incredible line of .688/.760/1.188. In his World Series career, Ortiz is hitting an astounding .454 (20-for-44), the best batting average for a player with over 5o plate appearances in the series.
• The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner kept up the New York sportswriters’ appreciation of the Sox organization, as he wrote an article praising the team’s quick turnaround from last place in the division in 2012 to World Series champions just a year later.
Kepner praised general manager Ben Cherington‘s moves after clearing the Sox clubhouse of players such as Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford in a 2012 deal with the Dodgers. With over $270 million saved with that blockbuster move, Cherington used the team’s financial flexibility to sign players such as Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, David Ross, Mike Napoli and Koji Uehara, each of whom made major contributions to the team this season.
• The Huffington Post chose to cover the celebrations going on outside of Fenway Park, as thousands of excited fans immediately rushed to the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street to revel in the Sox victory.
More fans likely will line Boylston in the coming days, as the Red Sox’ “rolling rally” parade will take place on Saturday.
• NBCsports.com’s Matthew Pouliot discussed the Red Sox’ upcoming offseason, as many players who played a huge part in the team’s postseason run may not be back next year.
Pouliot in particular focused on Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew, both of whom are set to be free agents. Ellsbury helped get the Sox offense going throughout the postseason, as the All-Star outfielder hit .344, stole six bases and drove in six runs. Ellsbury’s great season may have priced him out of Boston’s plans, as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal told Dennis & Callahan earlier this month that he expects Ellsbury to command a six- to seven-year deal worth at least $126 million.
While he struggled at the plate for most of October, Drew played stellar defense at shortstop and hit a home run off of Cardinals rookie sensation Michael Wacha in the series-clinching Game 6 on Wednesday. With the emergence of Xander Bogarts this season, Drew might be a one-and-done player in Beantown.
• Twitter also erupted with the news of the Red Sox’ first championship clincher at home in 95 years, as numerous athletes, celebrities and other dignitaries took to social media to celebrate the win.
— Mayor Tom Menino (@mayortommenino) October 31, 2013
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 31, 2013
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) October 31, 2013
Congratulations Boston Red Sox! See you all on Saturday for the Parade!
— Boston Duck Tours (@BostonDuckTours) October 31, 2013
Congrats to all my ol’ teammates in Boston! Well deserved boys! @RedSox
— Cody Ross (@IamCodyRoss) October 31, 2013
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 31, 2013
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