David Ortiz named World Series MVP

Who else could it be?

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was named MVP of the 2013 World Series Wednesday night following Boston’s 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6.

“This is for you, Boston,” Ortiz said holding the trophy above his head. “You deserve it.”

Ortiz made his case for the award early and often during the series, posting a .688 average (11 for 16) with two home runs, six RBIs, and eight walks. Over one stretch, Ortiz reached base in nine consecutive at bats.

“His performance both on and off the field is something that we’re all very proud of,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

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Ortiz’s totals could have been even greater had he not been robbed of a grand slam in the second inning of Game 1. Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran took away a home run against the bullpen, leaving Ortiz to settle for a sacrifice fly. He would homer later in the game, and again in Game 2.

The Cardinals were eventually more careful with Ortiz, but much of the damage was already done. Ortiz walked four times in Game 6.

Ortiz, of course, was not alone in bringing the Red Sox their third World Series title since 2004. Jon Lester won both of his starts, posting a 0.59 ERA and striking out 15 over 15.1 innings. In any other series, he might have been MVP. Closer Koji Uehara saved two games and pitched in five without allowing a run.

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