The Legend That Is Big Papi
There are no words to describe how important David Ortiz is to the Red Sox. It is genuinely getting to the point where he should simply be walked regardless of the situation when he comes to bat in a game winning situation—two runners on; three runners on; no runners on—-walk him. It’s safer. He is the new, unpretentious Reggie Jackson.
As for all the dogmatic and self-important baseball writers who insist that a player who is predominately a DH and rarely plays the field should be excluded from MVP consideration—-if they continue to deny David Ortiz his just due based on some unilaterally imposed criteria of their own devising, they should simply have their credentials taken away. If there was ever any doubt, it should no longer be a question as to who the Most Valuable Player in the league is. It is David Ortiz.