Reggie: 'Silly' to call Ortiz Mr. October
November, 1, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty ImagesReggie Jackson isn't willing to give up his Mr. October moniker.Reggie Jackson has a message for anyone wanting to dub David Ortiz "Mr. October" after being named MVP of the World Series for his efforts in Boston's triumph over St. Louis.
Jackson, who was promoting his book "Becoming Mr. October", earned his nickname for his stellar play in the postseason during his Hall-of-Fame career.
He hit .278 with 18 homers and 48 RBIs in 77 career postseason games. In 27 World Series games, he hit .357 with a .457 on-base percentage and .755 slugging percentage with 10 homers and 24 RBIs. Jackson won five World Series crowns, two with the Yankees.
He's most famous for hitting three straight homers in the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Dodgers in the decisive Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
Ortiz hit .688 with a slugging percentage of 1.188 in this year's World Series, and is a career .295 hitter in the postseason with 17 homers and 60 RBIs. In the World Series, he's a .455 hitter and his slugging percentage is .795. He has three homers and 14 RBIs in 14 World Series games.
While Jackson defended his territory in the interview, he praised the Red Sox designated hitter. Ortiz has now won three World Series titles with Boston.
"I like to watch Big Papi play, for sure," Jackson said.
Jackson said he had no problem watching the Red Sox win it all this year.
"I really had great admiration for the teams in the World Series [chase] -- Dodgers, Detroit, St. Louis, the Red Sox," Jackson said. "I thought any one would have been a great representation of being a champion."
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