David Ortiz spoke. The Red Sox listened. And now the World Series is anybody’s ballgame.

In a season full of magical, where-did-they-come-up-with-that moments, Ortiz delivered one of the most intensely emotional last night.

In a move more off an NFL sideline than the buttoned-down culture of baseball, Ortiz called an impromptu team meeting in the dugout before the Red Sox went to bat in the sixth inning and scored the winning runs.

He stood on the dugout steps, looked down over his team, and delivered the following message:

“This is our time!”

When the Red Sox stepped to the plate moments later, they believed it.

Dustin Pedroia singled to left-center. Ortiz walked. When Jonny Gomes followed with the game-winning, three-run homer, the dam burst.

“We weren’t the Red Sox,” said outfielder Daniel Nava. “We were the Boston Ortiz’s.”

There’s no telling how this magnificent World Series will end. The Cardinals are every bit as proud and determined as the Red Sox, as they showed by rallying from a woeful performance in Game 1 to take the next two.

But with things guaranteed, at worst, to return to Boston, this just feels meant to be. And if the Sox prevail, we’ll look back at this moment before the sixth inning as the turning point.

“It was powerful,” said bench coach Torey Lovullo. “I wasn’t exactly sure what he was going to say. It’s something we were all feeling. It’s something that we all sensed going on. If the wrong person says it the wrong way, the message doesn’t come across. David doesn’t say things like that very often, but when he does, it stops you in your tracks. The timing was perfect.”

The moment might not have even been possible, except for a delay between the fifth and sixth so everyone in the ballpark could Stand Up to Cancer, which was powerful in its own right. That gave the Red Sox extra time to gather in their dugout, and when the final moment of silence ended, Ortiz made his move.

He told his teammates to relax. He told them they had come a long way and needed to do what they do best. He told them to turn it up another gear and “get this job done.”

“My reaction?” said Nava. “That I don’t want to let David Ortiz down.”

Pinch-runner Quintin Berry, a high-energy player in his own right, was pumped.

“He’s got so much history and clout, to be here trying to fight for you, you want to fight for him,” Berry said. “He was yelling and screaming. It’s a good thing to have that guy leading the charge.”

Ortiz downplayed his role after the game.

“These games are tough, and I know we’ve got better hitters than we had showed,” he said. “We’ve got a good offensive team. I know that our guys have what it takes to get it done. Yeah, they’ve got good pitching, but they’ve still got to throw the ball over the plate.”