Last week, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox was named as the recipient of the 2013 Silver Slugger Award for the designated hitter position. It marked the sixth time in the past ten seasons that “Big Papi” has won the award, and the second time in the past three seasons. It extended his record for the most awards at that position, ahead of former players Paul Molitor and Edgar Martinez; his six awards also ties him with Red Sox legends Wade Boggs and Manny Ramirez for the most in team history.
Never was Big Papi’s offensive production more apparent and more valuable this season than in the Fall Classic, when he batted .688 (11-for-16) with two home runs, six RBI, seven runs scored, a .760 on-base percentage, and a 1.188 slugging percentage while making just five outs in six World Series games. He also tied a series record by reaching base in nine straight appearances, which helped him to easily walk away with the 2013 World Series MVP award.
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Born: 7 January 1984 in Tacoma, WA
Drafted in 2002 by the Boston Red Sox
Fun Fact: Lester attended Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington, where he was a three-time MVP and three-time All-Area selection. In addition he was named Gatorade State Player of the Year for Washington in 2000. ...more on Jon Lester.
Red Sox Legend - Manny Ramirez
Years with Boston: 2001-2008
Position: Left Field
Fun Fact: In seven-plus seasons with the club, Ramirez belted 274 home runs, which places him fifth all-time amongst Boston sluggers past and present, at a clip of 14.4 at-bats per home run. He also hit his 500th career long ball with the club in May of 2008. ...more on Manny Ramirez.
This Week in Red Sox History
16 December 2009 - Boston signs free agents John Lackey (pitcher) and Mike Cameron (outfielder) to contracts. Lackey gets a five-year, $82.5 million contract with a sixth-year club option, while Cameron gets two years and $15.5 million.
17 December 1907 - The Red Sox' team name becomes official in an announcement by club owner John I. Taylor.
20 December 1973 - Joe Cronin retires as president of the American League; Lee McPhail takes his place.
20 December 2001 - A group led by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino purchase the Red Sox from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust for $660 million.
20 December 2005 - Boston's rivalry with New York is further fueled as free agent Johnny Damon spurns an offer from the Red Sox and signs a four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees.
21 December 2001 - Free agent outfielder Johnny Damon leaves Oakland after one season and signs a four-year deal with Boston, one of Dan Duquette's last major signing.
22 December 1980 - Boston postmark contracts for the 1981 season to Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk, two days after the due date, which allows the option for both players to declare free agency. Both eventually do so and the Red Sox lose two perennial All-Stars in one fell swoop.
Fenway Park Feature - CITGO Sign
Fun Fact: The original neon sign featuring the "trimark" logo used nearly 6,000 glass tubes, but these were replaced with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and unveiled to the public in March 2005 after a six-month restoration project. ...more on the CITGO Sign.