ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12: American League All-Star David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox swings the bat during the second round of the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Let's give the old man some credit: he did it.
Ortiz never seemed to tire. He hit eight home runs in the first, but that was good enough to advance. Then he hit 13 in the second round. Just when you thought he'd fall apart, he goes out and hits 11 in the finals.
This really was a moment for Papi to say to the world, "Hey, I can still hit." Sure, the Home Run Derby means nothing at all. Sometimes it all comes down to luck. But let's give him this moment because after that showing, he really does deserve it.
Congratulations, David Ortiz!