ST. LOUIS — David Ortiz knew the answer, but he was holding it, clutching it with a wry smile and a keen, exquisite sense of timing.
What is it about the World Series, someone in the crush of reporters around his locker asked him late Saturday night. Why was he so hot? So focused? So successful? He had just piled on three more hits in three at-bats — a double and two singles — and a walk, and in the midst of it all he delivered a key speech in the dugout that helped stir his Red Sox on to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals.