Ortiz, who participated in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 contests, told NESN’s Heidi Watney on Tuesday’s Red Sox GameDay Live that he’s not worried about it messing up his swing.
“I swing hard anyway,” Ortiz said, dismissing any worries about a potential change in his swing after a night of trying to hit the ball as far as humanly possible. “I’ve done it a few times, and I’ve never had any problems because it’s not like I’m doing anything different because that’s how I swing.”
While Ortiz has never won the event, he has put on some impressive showings. In the 2005 derby, he hit 17 home runs in the first round and followed it up the next year with a 10-dinger showing in the first round.
Check out the video below for more of Heidi Watney’s conversation with the slugger about the home run derby along with Big Papi’s plea to fans to help get Kevin Youkilis onto the 2010 AL All-Star team.
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