David Ortiz teaches A-Rod about what made him such a great hitter

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David Ortiz gives Alex Rodriguez a lesson in hitting and confidence.

- One of the interesting things about you when I saw you play over the years, your discipline got so good.

- Mm-hm.

- Do you attribute that to hard work or just patience or just experience?

- Two things.

- Yeah.

- Experience-- I know pitchers were going to try to get me chasing pitches out of the strike zone. If I walk into the game, same thing that we were talking about, [INAUDIBLE].

- Yeah.

- You walk out of your zone, that's going to cause you trouble. I tried to stay compact, in my zone. I work extremely hard on not leaving the strike zone because I wasn't [INAUDIBLE] that can hit pitches out here, up here, way in, down here, no. I have my zone level right here that I know that I can do some damage. So I used-- I work extremely hard every day on stay on the zone. Because the minute I walk out of it, I will struggle just like everybody else.

- Two last questions, Papi. How much of the presence-- when you walked up to the plate and you came here, how much of that was your mojo but also intimidation, and how much was it just pure just-- you were just that much of a better hitter?

- You know, that's-- that's a great question. I want to make sure walking to the plate that the pitcher know that I was there, that I was going to come to do some damage.

- Mm-hm.

- So I would take my time. A lot of people criticized me because I was taking my time. It was just concentration. It was the focus.

- Mm-hm.

- When I was in and out, I don't think I was at my best. But when I was taking my time and thinking about my homework, what I did before, my game plan against the guy that was on the mount, that was when I was pulling my best out of the game and it worked out for me.

- You know, Papi was one of the best, Mike, and I'm going to tell you something right now.

MIKE: Uh huh?

- When you play for over 22 years, and we both played for a long time, you get to watch a guy come out of the dugout. And if he came out of the dugout, I was playing third base. I would see Papi with his body language with the hop in his step. I knew if he felt good, bad, or great. And as players, learning to read body language-- pitchers, hitters-- is so important, is a vital part of development.

- It's almost like an intimidation factor walking up to that plate as well. You guys had that intimidating factor at the plate. Talking about Pedro.

- Yeah.

- He also was very--

- I know this very well coming from you also.

- Yeah.

- Like, you see that body language. You see-- it's a prototype that you don't see on every player. You see-- man, there's very few players that you can see that toe step walking toward the plate you can tell, oh, this guy. Oh, here we go. Here we go again. You know what I'm saying? Like, you-- you got that feeling. Pitchers sense that also.