David Ortiz launches a home run in game 2 of the 2013 ALCS

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What to watch with no live sports: David Ortiz's 2013 ALCS grand slam

Nick Friar
March 24, 2020 - 7:00 am

This whole “no live sports” thing is getting tiresome.

Listen to your team news NOW.

If you haven’t lost all hope and resorted to books with no pictures, I’ve got viewing options to get you through the self-quarantine. Use them however you see fit: as a guide, a jumping-off point or even a gauge of what you should socially distance yourself from. Whatever helps.

Here are some ideas for Tuesday, March 24:


There have been quite a few good AMC Originals over the years. The big problem with the shows I’ve dealt with on that station is they tend to last too long (I.e. the Walking Dead).

Hell on Wheels went for five seasons and sputtered out much faster than I would’ve expected initially. The first season was outstanding. The second was very good and the third was pretty good. Sensing a trend?

By the time five rolled around, I stuck around because had to see how it ended, even though wasn’t the greatest finale. Keep that in mind going in. Maybe lowered expectations for the later seasons will help the viewing process.

But make no mistake, the show was a wild ride for a decent stretch.


Shawshank Redemption was added to Netflix on March 1. It hadn’t been on there for about two years. Interesting time to bring back an all-time great movie.

But if you need something a bit more exhilarating than Shawshank Redemption, the original John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 are available on YouTube TV. If you want to watch John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, you’ll need HBO — or you have to rent it elsewhere.


Whatever you do, don’t turn over to ESPN 2 between 7 p.m. and midnight. They have a Peyton Manning Marathon scheduled.


David Ortiz posted some cartoonish numbers in the 2013 World Series, but he struggled just like the rest of his Red Sox teammates in the ALCS.

Detroit’s starting rotation absolutely shoved in the first four games. But, this was a Dave Dombrowski-built Tigers team. That meant the bullpen was due to blow at least one game. 

Enter Ortiz with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth of Game 2 as the Red Sox trailed 5-1. One flat, 86 mile-per-hour Joaquin Benoit offering later and we got what may have been the Red Sox’ most memorable moment in their 2013 World Seris run.