Let’s end that debate right now – Reggie Jackson AND David Ortiz are “Mr. October.”
The lefty sluggers have carried their teams in the postseason, Reggie doing his magic at the plate in the 1970s and ‘80s and Papi leading the way in the 21st Century.
Who’s more clutch? Shouldn’t even be a debate, really.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t compare the two – especially now that each of them have played exactly the same number of postseason series at 17.
First, no one may have a better World Series – EVER – than Papi’s run right now. He’s batting 11-for-15 (.733) with two homers and six RBI as the Sox lead the Cards, 3-2, and hope to close out the series on Yawkey Way Wednesday night.
Reggie’s best World Series was 1977, when his Yankees beat the Dodgers and he went 9-for-20 (.450) with five homers and eight RBI. Jackson, of course, went deep three times in Game 6 as the Yankees closed out the Dodgers in the Bronx. He was named Series MVP.
Overall, in three World Series, Big Papi is 20-for-43 (.465) with three homers and 14 RBI. The Sox are 2-0 in World Series with Ortiz heading into this current series with the Cards.
Jackson, meanwhile, in five World Series is 35-for-98 (.357) with 10 homers, 24 RBI and a 4-1 record in the Big Show.
In the postseason, 17 series for each of them, it’s pretty much a dead heat for Ortiz and Jackson.
Ortiz is 87-for-294 with 17 HR, 60 RBI and a .296 batting average. Jackson is 78-for-281 with 18 HR, 48 RBI and a .278 batting average.
Mr. October. Senor Octubre.
Call them what you want – as long as you call EACH of them by the moniker.