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Today in Performance Sneaker History: David Ortiz Hits Game Winning HR to Lift Boston in 2004 ALCS, Leads to Historic Comeback

David Ortiz is undoubtedly one of the greatest designated hitters of all time, and his ability to save games in huge situations is second to none. In fact, in 2006, the owners of the Boston Red Sox honored him with a plaque stating that Ortiz was “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox.” Never one to buckle under pressure, “Big Papi” has been playing professionally since 1997, when he started his career with the Minnesota Twins. In 2003, as a free agent, Ortiz signed with the Boston Red Sox, and he’s been with the franchise for the last decade. He’s won two World Series Championships with the Red Sox, and they’re currently tied at two games apiece with the Detroit Tigers in the 2013 ALCS.

October 17, 2004 served as another chapter in thrilling clutch performances from David Ortiz. The New York Yankees had forced the Red Sox against the wall, holding a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-7 series. October 17’s Game 4 lasted 12 innings, but finally David Ortiz blasted a two-run homer to seal a 6-4 win for Boston. In a miraculous feat, the Red Sox would come back to win the ALCS, becoming the first team in history to rally back after trailing 3-0 in a seven game series. From that point, the Red Sox advanced to the World Series for the first time in 18 years, where they won 4-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

These days, you’ll catch David Ortiz in the Reebok Cooperstown Low, and he’s been with the Vector brand for well over a decade now. His 2004 stye is discontinued at this point, but you can shop Reebok’s current baseball selection here if you’re looking to get ready for the spring.

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