He has delivered so many times in October, of course. His walk-off home run off Jarrod Washburn in 2004 to send the Red Sox to the ALCS. His two-run shot off Paul Quantrill in Game 4 of the ALCS later that October. Just a week ago, his first career two-homer postseason game against the Rays in the ALDS. But this? Even by his standards, this was ridiculous.
And so Ortiz swung on the first pitch he saw, and there was the hit that changed the series, the grand slam that was both impossible, and inevitable.