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Tuesday
Oct152013

David Ortiz, a Man for All Seasons, A Man for All Moments

I'm not uncomfortable in calling David Ortiz, Diva Ortiz, but that is only because most people are not familiar with the male equivalent "divo," a designation reserved in contemporary Italian to denote much-admired celebrities, especially film actresses and actors, and can be translated as "(film) star".

I also comfortably admit that I am not a fan of Divo Ortiz' preening at the plate after hitting a long ball, elongated home run trot around the bases, or his exaggerated arrival at the plate which I refer to his "Purple Haze" moment referring to the Jimi Hendrix lyrics, "Excuse me, while I kiss the sky."

Having said that, you can't be a diva or a divo without the goods to back up the ego. And there is no question, that Ortiz has the talent and delivers it regularly and consistently to the delight of his team and to Red Sox Nation, both in the regular season and in the postseason.

Ortiz consistently delivers

Take a look at Big Papi's 2013 numbers and appreciate the divo:
2013 David Ortiz - A Man for all Moments
GPAABHHRRBIBBKAVGSLUGOBPOPS
1. Reg Season137600518160301037688.309.564.395.959
2. Reg Season vs Righties12638432210923676054.339.652.4401.092
3. Reg Season vs Lefties97216196517361634.260.418.315.733
4. Reg Season Men On1323282648715885849.330.568.4451.013
5. Reg Season RISP104192146468724139.315.555.4531.008
6. Reg Season RISP less than 2 outs7911590326522029.356.633.4521.086
7. Reg Season RISP w/2 outs597756142202110.250.429.455.883
8. Reg Season 0-0 count13768672062000.299.672.294.966
9. Reg Season 0-0 count men on13237361341800.361.778.3511.129
10. Reg Season 0-0 count RISP10018171031600.5881.294.5561.850
11. Postseason6262063766.300.800.4621.262
12. Postseason Men On6141231526.250.583.357.940
13. Postseason RISP611921525.222.556.364.919
14. Postseason Bases Loaded111114001.0004.0001.0005.000

He's no Johnny-Come-Lately

Ortiz has appeared in all 63 of Boston’s postseason games since 2003 and is the club’s all-time leader in postseason runs (44), hits (67), doubles (16), home runs (15), RBI (50), walks (47), and XBH (33).

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