Happy Anniversary Dave Roberts and David Ortiz

Happy anniversary to Dave Roberts and David Ortiz! 13 years ago today, the landscape of humanity changed for Red Sox fans around the world. After Kevin Millar drew a ninth-inning walk off of Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera in Game 4 of the ALCS, Red Sox manager Terry Francona sent in Dave Roberts to pinch-run for him. Rivera threw over to first-base precisely 250 times before the inevitable happened: Speedy Roberts successfully stole second base. It pissed off Jorge Posada so badly, a sight I’ll remember forever.

Even though that steal felt like a victory in itself, Boston was still losing 4-3. Red Sox third baseman and 2003 AL Batting Champ, Bill Mueller would step to the plate.

It wasn’t until the 12th inning, shortly after the 5-hour mark, when David Ortiz hit the biggest home run in Boston Red Sox history off of Paul Quantrill.

I can just remember jumping and running around my neighbor’s house, which was filled with a ton of Yankees fans, screaming and yelling “DAVID OR-MOTHERFUCKING-TIZ” over and over until I was reminded it was nearly 1:30 AM. I went home and couldn’t sleep a wink, and when I did fall asleep, it was the most peaceful slumber 16-year-old me had ever experienced.

We all know what happened next: the Sox went on to win the ALCS after being down 3 games to none, and their first World Series championship in 86 years just a week and a half later. So thank you so much, Papi. And thank you so much, Dave Roberts. And thank you so much, Kevin Millar. I’d like to give the BIGGEST thank-you to Mariano Rivera, because if the Red Sox didn’t own you as hard as they did, 2004 just wouldn’t have been the same.

Photo Credit: MLB.com

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