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Thanks to an amazing year in which he played a major role in bring the World Series Trophy back to Boston, David Ortiz has been named the SoB Player of the Year for 2013. During the regular season alone, Big Papi hit .309 with 30 homers and two triples, the latter being amazing for someone with just about no speed. Still, Ortiz set a new personal best with four steals on the year as well, and was also intentionally walked a career high 27 times.
We all know how monstrous Papi performed in the World Series (.688 average to go along with eight walks), but that overshadows an ALCS line of just 2/22 with one homer and three walks. Still, there’s nobody Boston would rather have at the plate with the game on the line than David Ortiz.
And from Ortiz’ emotional post-marathon bombing speech to his dugout pep talks, he emerged more than ever as the foremost leader in the locker room. The chemistry he helped foster directly led to an army of beards (and to a lesser extent, the men attached to them) overcoming the stigma of the past few seasons and surge onward to a championship. And if you play a role in helping your team win it all, you deserve the recognition.