VIDEO: Minor-league David Ortiz impresses A-Rod, Junior in 1996
During an impromptu home run derby at a minor-league park in 1996, Mariners stars Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez were impressed by a Class A player. His name? David Ortiz. Check it out.
Back in 1996, Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. (probably the best player in baseball at the time) and Alex Rodriguez (the best young talent in the game) staged an impromptu Home Run Derby at a minor-league ballpark. And they were incredibly impressed with a player for Class A Wisconsin by the name of David Ortiz.