If you’ve ever hit a baseball with an aluminum bat as opposed to a wooden bat, you know the difference.
Many aluminum bats have been banned due to the speed (not to mention distance) they can provide to a baseball after impact, so I’ve always wondered to myself what it would be like to see a Major League Baseball power hitter take such a bat and start bombing away.
Thankfully, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz obliged.
While we’ve seen players like Sammy Sosa cork their batting practice bats (and regular season, for that matter) or use heavier weights to provide more loft, I’ve never personally seen a player use an aluminum bat for fun. Granted, it’s been done, though, not often captured on camera like it was prior to Game 1 of the Red Sox’s ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ortiz, who brought the bat along with him to Tampa this week can be seen launching monster home runs thanks to the added spring of the aluminum, much to the appeasement of his teammates who can’t help but watch to see where the balls land.