BOSTON — After David Ortiz’s second homer in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Rays Saturday, the Fenway Faithful chanted his name louder than they could yell “Wil Myers.”
Then appeared Big Papi, the face of the franchise, out of the dugout for his curtain call ... and the place erupted even more.
Are you having fun yet? The Red Sox and Ortiz certainly are.
Boston, behind its affable slugger, powered its way to a convincing 7-4 victory over 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
“It’s enjoyable, it’s enjoyable,” Ortiz said about the season as a whole. “When you come and you give everything you have and you don’t see any results it’s frustrating. But finally you’re seeing the light.”
Things have been frustrating for Ortiz in recent years with all the losing by the Red Sox. On top of that, many doubted whether Ortiz could remain healthy this year because of the bad Achilles injury he suffered last summer.
But all of that is in the past.
Papi and his Red Sox are one win away from their first postseason series win since 2008. Relentless Boston will pack its uniforms, bats, gloves and brooms and head to Tampa Bay up 2-0 in the best-of-five ALDS against the depleted Rays.
A sweep is a good possibility with star hurler Clay Buchholz on the mound tonight (6:07 p.m.). Win or lose in Game 3, the Red Sox will prevail in this series. There’s no doubt about it after beating Price Saturday. Game 2 was an unofficial must-win for the Rays with their southpaw ace on the hill and they couldn’t get the job done.
If you’re still underestimating the mighty AL East champion Boston Red Sox, then stop. They are a true World Series contender and showed Saturdayy they can beat a true ace in the postseason.