The David Ortiz Children’s Fund is using Big Papi’s Home Run Derby victory to raise what it hopes is some serious cash.
Ortiz is offering the signed batting gloves, cleats and bat in an online auction with proceeds going to the Fund.
With 18 Homers and 57 RBI’s this season, Ortiz earned his sixth All-Star berth and fourth Home Run Derby appearance. This year’s Derby proved to be the most memorable as he took home the long ball trophy.
Ortiz hit 11 homers in the final round to beat out close friend Hanley Ramirez.
His 32 bombs during the event rank him third all-time in Home Run Derby history.
In celebration of these achievements, Ortiz says he “wanted to share it with his fans in a way that would also benefit the children he cares so deeply about” according to a post on the Fund’s website. Fans and collectors alike will have the opportunity to own autographed items David used to win the Home Run Derby and bids have been impressive so far. His Nokona bat used in the final round stands at $1500, the cleats at $1200 and the gloves at $650.
The Fund is also offering Ortiz autographed replicas of the winning bat. One of those is online now, with a bid of $400.
Here’s a link to the auction.
To date the Fund says it has “saved more than 150 lives in the Dominican Republic and New England”.