New England Sports React

Ortiz: “I’m about to get hotter than Jamaica”

The Rogers Centre and Toronto Blue Jays had a hard time keeping Big Papi in the yard after he vowed to heat up at the plate.

No one ever said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz lacks confidence. Sunday, following his team’s 6-0 win that secured a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals (a game in which Ortiz went 0-for-5), the beloved slugger was anything but disgruntled with his performance. “I’m about to get hotter than Jamaica,” the almighty Ortiz claimed. And sure enough, Big Papi kept good on his promise, putting four out of the ballpark and driving in eight in the team’s most recent four-game set in Toronto with one game remaining in the series. Besides a similar tear we saw Ortiz go on in Minnesota against his former team, this was the most locked in I’ve seen Papi all season. Right now, he’s seeing the ball so well that it doesn’t seem to matter where the opposing pitcher puts it. David is making superb contact with everything thrown his way, even knuckleballs from R.A. Dickey buckling down and in. All his home runs but one traveled over 420 feet, showing just how zoned in he is. He’s not only making solid contact on pitches, he’s demolishing them. And what a better time to heat up than with Boston staring at an 8.5-game deficit in the AL East. If Papi can go on one of his characteristic second half runs (something he’s been trademarking since he first came to the Sox in ’03), we could make a legitimate push for the division or possibly a Wild Card spot. The question is, what noise could the Sox possibly make even if they did make the playoffs? I guess only the bat of Big Papi can decide that.

-Ryan Hartley

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