When it comes to the most clutch players in Major baseball league history , former Boston Red Sox standout and current FOX Sports analyst David Ortiz might be at the top of the list. It was 18 years ago when Big Papi delivered a pair of walk-off hits to help the Red Sox become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in MLB playoff history and defeat the Yankees in the ALCS. Ortiz and the Red Sox went on to sweep the Cardinals en route to winning their first World Series championship in 86 years.
Three years later, the lefty slugger proved to be a pivotal part of another Red Sox title, hitting .370 in the 2007 postseason. It was Big Papi’s performance in the 2013 postseason, however, that solidified his name among the greatest clutch hitters to ever play the game. In Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers, Ortiz stepped to the plate and crushed a dramatic, game-tying grand slam off reliever Joaquín Benoit in the bottom of the eighth inning, ultimately propelling the Red Sox to victory. After knocking off the Tigers, Ortiz had a World Series for the ages, hitting .688 with two homers and six RBIs as the Red Sox again defeated the Cardinals. He tied a World Series record by reaching base nine times in a row en route to winning series MVP.