posted 8 years ago
Big Papi is back on the big stage, but is he still capable of wielding the big stick?
This isn't about his left wrist, the one in which an injured tendon disabled him for seven weeks in the middle of the season and still sapped his swing long after his return.
"I feel good, man. The wrist is great," said Ortiz.
It's more about the changed cast around him, about being a more conspicuous threat in a lineup otherwise emptied of long-ball thugs. Plenty of Red Sox players can strike balls out of the yard, without striking constant fear in people, not the way not the way Manny Ramirez did.
"He's still dangerous," fellow Rays starter Matt Garza said of Ortiz. "And you have to respect Bay behind him. I've never faced [Bay] before, and it'll be a fun challenge. He's a guy who'll be quiet the whole game, then he comes up with a big clutch hit and you're saying, 'Where's he been the whole time?'