Found May 08, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
David Ortiz’ hitting streak is starting to reach historic levels A couple of years ago, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended one season on some pretty absurd hitting streak. I don’t remember what it was on account of I’m not a Phillies fan nor am I motivated enough to look it up, I just remember it was a pretty long one. More importantly, it was getting a lot of fan-fare for its length as he was approaching records in Major League Baseball. Now the sports world is still too wrapped up in the playoffs in both basketball and hockey and probably would rather talk about last month’s NFL Draft, but all of a sudden there is another hitting streak that has gone over the off-season that is starting to approach historic levels. It also, by my accounts, approaching at an extremely quiet pace. That hitting streak is the 27 game one of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Perhaps it is based on the fact that I am sitting in the suburbs of Washington D.C instead of in front of a television watching NESN or CSNNE or listening to 98.5 Sports Hub but David Ortiz has gone about this hit streak in what feels like a quiet manner. Ask most people what they know about David Ortiz in 2013, and the first thing that will probably come to mind is his speech at the first home game back at Fenway after the Boston Marathon. Remember the “This is our ********* city!” speech? That’s what comes to mind about 2013 Big Papi. Thing is, David Ortiz is smoking at the plate. A couple of weeks ago, it was Mike Napoli carrying the offense, but since Papi’s return it’s reverted back to his job. In only 15 games this season, Ortiz already has 4 HR, 17 RBI and has an OPS at a ridiculous 1.2. Not bad for a player that a lot of people wanted to cut the cord with due to his advancing age. Even if his pace tapers off a little bit, Ortiz would still be at least offensive MVP by a large margin for the Boston Red Sox. Most notably, however, is David Ortiz’ hitting streak. The biggest issue behind legitimizing it is the fact that it started last July before Ortiz missed the rest of 2012 with an Achilles injury. It still doesn’t take away the fact that Ortiz now is tied for the fifth longest hitting streak in Red Sox history, tied with some guy named Manny Ramirez and some guy named Dom DiMaggio. Not big names at all. Even if Ortiz’s hitting streak started last year, it still takes a lot of skill – and a little bit of luck – to carry it for 27 straight games. Tonight, Ortiz looks to continue his hitting streak against Minnesota. Sitting only 7 games away from tying DiMaggio for the longest in Red Sox history, Ortiz continuing to hit would do two things for the franchise. On one hand, it would be a baseball human interest story that would be fun to follow. More importantly, it would continue to power an offense for a team that is right now one of the best in baseball.

Columnist trolls Ortiz about steroids

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy interviewed David Ortiz and appeared to insinuate that the red-hot Red Sox slugger may be taking steroids.

Dan Shaughnessy deserves credit for questioning if Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz continues to cheat

After Blue Jays fans serenaded the tarnished designated hitter with chants of “steroids” during last week’s series in Toronto, acclaimed Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy rightfully questioned if Red Sox star David Ortiz is again abusing performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz, who was publicly revealed by The New York Times to be one of approximately 100 ballplayers that...

David Ortiz Illustrated as ‘Big Poppy’ at Connecticut Bagel Shop (Photo)

The family that owns and operates two Fancy Bagels locations in Connecticut is a divided one. At the franchise’s Southington location, illustrations adorn the walls depicting anthropomorphized versions of what their bagels might look like in real life. Despite the fact that one of the store’s owners, Dominick Gualtieri, is a die-hard Yankees fan, the only sports figure on the...

Columnist Dan Shaughnessy basically accuses David Ortiz of using PEDs in Boston Globe

Tweet Dan Shaughnessy, a high-profile columnist for the Boston Globe, has never been one to mince words and has always been one to cause a stir. After all, this is the man who referred to the 2004 Red Sox, prior to their magical comeback, “a happy-go-lucky (then suddenly unlucky) pack of frauds.” Shaughnessy is at [...]

David Ortiz’s First Career Home Run in 1997 Earns Ketel One Honorable Moment

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has hit 405 career home runs, and it all started in 1992. Big Papi made his big league debut for the Minnesota Twins, and went yard for the first time in the major leagues on September 14, 1997, hitting a fly ball deep into right field against Julio Santana and the Texas Rangers. The rest, as they say, is history. In 11 seasons with the Red Sox...

Unkind Reactions To Shaughnessy Column on Ortiz

While Dan Shaughnessy gets lionized among local media for his David Ortiz column from the other day, especially among sports radio hosts, a few people displaced from the local scene see the column for what it really was: garbage. The worst baseball writing of the month -Rob Neyer says that the column takes muckraking to a whole different place. You know what’s really a shame...

Dan Shaughnessy is trolling Red Sox fans once again

Dan Shaughnessy is at it again. The long-time Boston Globe columnist posted an article on Wednesday entitled "David Ortiz rejects talk of steroid use." I'm sure you can see where this one is heading already. In the article, Shaughnessy not so subtlely says that Ortiz is taking steroids (with only a 2009 New York Times column stating Ortiz tested positive in 2003 as...

Twins try to make it two in a row over Red Sox

David Ortiz's hitting streak is rolling along even if the Boston Red Sox are not, and manager John Farrell has decided to make some changes. Ortiz looks to extend his hitting streak to 28 games while staying hot against his former team as rookie Allen Webster makes his second career start against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Boston (21-12) had won seven...

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez vs. David Ortiz

Since coming off the DL on April 20th, Red Sox David Ortiz (aka. Big Papi) has had one of the hottest bats in baseball. David Ortiz, mid warm up, turns back to the crowd. To quote CBS Boston’s Dan Roche: There were some out there who didn’t think Big Papi would return (because his Achilles was so bad) or even should return (because of how well the Sox were doing without him)...

David Ortiz: The Streak Continues To Grow

When you think of the greatest Designated Hitters in MLB history, what is first thought that jumps into your mind? The casual fan might think of Jim Rice, Frank Thomas Paul Molitor and of course Seattle Mariners icon Edgar Martinez. There should be one more player that needs to be considered among these baseball greats, and that is the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox David...

Cold bats plague Red Sox in series sweep to Rangers

  For the first time this year, the Boston Red Sox were outplayed in a series after being swept by the Texas Rangers over the weekend.  The Rangers starting pitching was no match for the Red Sox hitters as Boston was able to manage just four runs in the series. Yu Darvish’s start on Sunday was the highlight of the series as he struck out 14 Boston hitters on Sunday after surrendering...

Ortiz hitting streak: Fuggedaboudit

The Guru Contributing Writer If last nights Red Sox 15-8 loss to the Twins had been a football game Bill Belichick would bury the ball in the end zone and say, "fuggedaboudit." While it's no crime to lose by a seven on the gridiron, it is another thing to lose by a touchdown on the diamond. However, these types of nights happen over the course of 162. Someone tell...

Character Exam is in Progress - Please Do Not Disturb

The Red Sox are facing their first real test this year, both on the field and off. On the field, they have lost 6 of 7, and are dealing with injuries to both regular closers. Joel Hanrahan was just moved from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL, and there is talk of surgery. Off the field, David Ortiz is being questioned for PED use and Clay Bucholz was questioned by Toronto media for...

Twitter reaction to J.A. Happ's injury

A sampling of the tweets from the accounts of people in baseball regarding J.A. Happ's injury. Happ was hit by a line drive Tuesday night. --- Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. ((at)jparencibia9) Keep JA Happ in your prayers... Hardest thing I've ever had to see back there... --- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz ((at)davidortiz) My prayer and though to j.A happ...

Four Bases: Twins 15, Red Sox 8

April spoils have brought May turmoil. The Red Sox have now lost four out of their last five, and their pitching looks as thin as ever. There was no consolation prize either – David Ortiz went 0-5, ending his 27 game hitting streak. Here are the Four Bases: First Base: To say the least, Allen Webster‘s start was not the one that John Farrell was looking for. Despite his very...
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