David Ortiz’ teammates call him “Cooperstown,” and were there any doubts over his Hall of Fame worthiness before the 2013 postseason, he is dispelling them with a vengeance.
Already universally hailed as the greatest designated hitter of all time, and long ago declared the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history, Ortiz is making a bid to be recognized as one of the greatest World Series performers ever, too.
That’s a lot of superlatives for one player. Add them all up, and they equal immortality in the New York hinterlands.
What Ortiz is doing to the St. Louis Cardinals this World Series is historic. What might be a surprise to fans, even Red Sox fans, is that it’s nothing new.
Ortiz enters tonight’s Game 6 at Fenway Park batting .733 with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.267 slugging percentage and 2.017 OPS. Not surprisingly, all rank in the top six all-time for a single World Series.
But consider Ortiz’ lifetime numbers and ranks in those categories. His .465 average in three ...