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David Ortiz says he is ‘done with’ Home Run Derby

06.13.13 at 8:00 am ET
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David Ortiz (AP)

David Ortiz (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – David Ortiz and Robinson Cano are buddies. That was evident when Ortiz picked Cano to be a participant in the Home Run Derby during the 2011 All-Star Game.

But, evidently, Ortiz is drawing the line regarding the pair’s friendship.

After Cano and Mets David Wright were named captains for the American League and National League, respectively, in this year’s Home Run Derby, Ortiz cut any conversation regarding his participation in the event off at the pass.

“If he asks me to do it? I wouldn’t do it. I’m done with that,” Ortiz told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox’ Wednesday night win over the Rays. “I can’t do it no more. I can’t even do it in batting practice. Watch me in batting practice, I might lose a couple of balls but that’s it. I can’t do it. It wears me out. Wears me out. And you know the Home Run Derby can be taken lightly. You have to be young with a lot of energy.”

Ortiz hasn’t participated in the event since ’11, when he captained the American League’s four-player squad. (He was, however, an active observer during last season’s Home Run Derby, as was evidenced by video taken from a WEEI.com camera affixed to the slugger’s hat.)

Ortiz won the ’10 Home Run Derby, having participated in the event six times.

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