David Ortiz was one of the hottest hitters in World Series history.
A year ago at this time, David Ortiz and John Lackey were recovering from injuries, a tangible example of the many miseries the Boston Red Sox suffered on the way to a last-place finish in the American League East.
But a year later, they were integral in bringing the Red Sox their eighth World Series title, their third in the past 10 seasons.
The Red Sox clinched a World Series at home for the first time since 1918.
Most World Series Titles
They went the longest between home World Series clinchings, surpassing the previous mark held by the Detroit Tigers (whose clinchings were 1935 and 1984).
Elias notes that the Red Sox are the second team to go from a last-place finish to winning the World Series, joining the 1991 Minnesota Twins.
Ortiz the MVP
The 37-year-old Ortiz is the only player to be on Boston's roster for all three of those titles.
Highest OBP In Single World Series
He hit .688 in the World Series, the second-highest batting average for anyone with at least 10 plate appearances in a World Series (Billy Hatcher hit .750 for the 1990 Reds).
His .760 on-base percentage trailed only Hatcher's .800.
Ortiz became the third-oldest player to win World Series MVP honors, trailing only Willie Stargell (age 39 for the 1979 Pirates) and Randy Johnson (age 38 when he shared the award with Curt Schilling for the 2001 Diamondbacks).
Ortiz is the third player to win World Series MVP while primarily being used as a designated hitter, joining Paul Molitor (1993 Blue Jays) and Hideki Matsui (2009 Yankees).
Another clincher for Lackey
Lackey became the third pitcher to win a World Series clincher for two different teams, joining Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter and Jimmy Key. Lackey, who won Game 7 of the World Series for the Angels in 2002, is the only one of the three to get both wins as a starter.
Lackey allowed a combined two runs in 11 2/3 innings of those clinching wins.
He's the second starting pitcher to allow one run or fewer in a pair of World-Series clinching wins. The other is Sandy Koufax, who did so in a pair of complete games.
They were due
Two of Boston's top performers in Game 6 were players who had done little in the series up until that point.
Shane Victorino’s bases-clearing double opened the scoring, and he added another bases-loaded hit later in the game.
Victorino became the third player with a pair of bases-loaded hits in a World Series game, joining Billy Rogell (1934 Tigers) and Bobby Richardson (1960 Yankees). His three career bases-loaded hits in the World Series (he also had one in 2008) are tied for the most all-time with Hank Bauer, Moose Skowron and Keith Hernandez.
Stephen Drew chipped in with a fourth-inning home run. He was 4-for-51 in the postseason before the homer. Elias noted that he and his brother J.D. are the only brothers to homer in the postseason for the same franchise.
Did you know?
The Red Sox finished the World Series with a team ERA of 1.84, the lowest by an American League team in a single World Series since the 1983 Orioles (1.60), who also won.