Sport: Baseball
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2x World Series Champion, 2004 ALCS MVP, 7x All-Star, 5x Silver Slugger Award Winner
A famous New Englander named John Kennedy once said that "victory has a thousand fathers" but in New England, there's only one Big Papi. Boston has its share of amazing moments in its rich history, but Ortiz is the only athlete to deliver two of them in two different games on the same day, both from the Red Sox' epic 2004 American League Championship Series comeback: his 12th inning walk-off home run to win Game 4 and his 14th inning walk-off single to take Game 5. Ortiz was an excellent regular season player (he owns the all-time record for home runs hit by a designated hitter), and most of that damage was done as a Sox during the Complex Decade, but he's a regional icon for October 18, 2004.