In response to RedSoxDOrtiz's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to FajitaT's comment:
And I don't mean the WS MVP award as just about any player can win that on a given year... did he lead the league in homers? RBI? BA? Runs? .OBP? Did he win a Gold Glove?
Really? Anyone can hit .700+ for a world series on any given year?
Don't speak in hyperbole... he only hit 688 with a 1.948 OPS... lol.... but yeah, anyone could do that.
The averages and OPS of players in order after Papi are as follows
Ells, 250 Avg, 599 OPS
Xander, 238 Avg, 594 OPS
Pedroia, 208 Avg, 532 OPS
Ross, 188 Avg, 438 OPS
Drew, 158 Avg, 506 OPS
Napoli, 154 Avg, 445 OPS
Vic, 154 Avg, 543 OPS
Nava, 143 Avg, 357 OPS
Gomes, 118 Avg, 580 OPS
The Cards had 6 regulars with an OPS over 650 while hitting 250 or greater. We had one... pay the F'n dude and let's get on with it. Fans should shut the bleep up about this topic and respect what the dude did... no Papi, no world series. Same goes for 2004.
Baseball is certainly a team sport, but if there ever was a time one could possibly say that one player single-handedly took his team to a ring, it would be the 2014 Red Sox and Papi.