David Ortiz’s swing may be one of the biggest in all of baseball, but his heart is even bigger.
Ortiz, who recently won the 2010 Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, is auctioning off his gear from the All-Star festivities in order to raise money for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.
"Winning the 2010 Home Run Derby was a thrill to me, and I wanted to share that with all the fans of baseball," Ortiz said. "Most importantly, it offers an opportunity to raise funds for children who desperately need medical care. The auction is a way for me to take this amazing event and use it to help the kids."
Ortiz will be selling the bat, cleats and batting gloves that he used to defeat good friend and former Red Sox teammate Hanley Ramirez in the derby. He also will be auctioning off a limited edition replica of the bat. All four of the items will be autographed by Ortiz.
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund is a nonprofit organization committed to providing critical pediatric services to children in New England and the Dominican Republic. It partners with Heart Care Dominicana, International Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital to link pediatric critical care services to children in need. The Fund has raised over $1 million to date.