Hunter also said before the game: “I’ve always respected the way he carried himself day‑to‑day, always wanted to hit. That’s it. He didn’t care about his defense, forget that, ‘I just want to hit.’ And he was, I thought, was the best hitter in 2002 on our ballclub. And he missed six, seven weeks, and we non-tendered him and the Red Sox picked up a gold mine. I thought he was the best hitter on our ballclub with the Minnesota Twins. You guys found a diamond in the rough. And he’s been one of the best postseason performers in the history of the game.”
It’s very, very likely that Ortiz could return to Fenway Park years from now as an old man for a statue ceremony as Carl Yastrzemski did in September.
Ortiz is a two-time World Series champion with Boston and now has 15 postseason homers. He also entered last night batting .284 with a .392 on-base percentage, .533 slugging percentage and .925 OPS in 311 postseason plate appearances.
“I definitely think David Ortiz — everything, all his accomplishments, everything he’s done in this game is well deserved,” Hunter said. “I’ve seen him grow. I’ve seen him in hard times, with family issues. I was there. We’re like brothers. I love him. We’re enemies, but I love him to death, I’d do anything for him.”