David Ortiz’s trot was slow and steady, until he joined the mosh pit. Then he was submerged under his teammates, finally ripping himself from the crowd with Victor Martinez still clutching a piece of his jersey. Not that Ortiz appeared upset at all. His grin lasted far beyond the moment of contact, when he won last night’s game for the Red Sox. It was his moment, the way it used to be.
“Right before he went to the on-deck circle, I was telling him, `Come on, let’s go. Let’s do this,”’ Martinez said. “He turns back, gives me a look like you can see in his eyes. He was focused. He was going to be focused in that at-bat. The really good thing was he got a good pitch, and he didn’t miss it.”