When Ortiz went down, his teammates stepped up

Originally Published: July 25, 2008
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

In the next week, some contenders will take out zero-interest, subprime balloon second mortgages by trading promising prospects in search of that one powerful but aging slugger who just might possibly, maybe, if everything goes right, oil prices stabilize and Jupiter aligns with Mars, help the team reach the postseason so it can then lose the Division Series in four games.

And then there are the Red Sox. They could make a trade, as well, but their biggest move likely will be calling up ...

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