BIG PAPI MEETS LITTLE PAPI AT THE DERBY

Boston slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz took a break from retirement for a trip to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby last weekend.  The all-star traded his baseball uniform for racing silks to hang out with 2015 Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor “Little Papi” Espinoza in the Jockey Room at the famed racetrack. Ortiz recently signed on to become a global endorsee representing Skechers Men’s footwear and Espinoza donned Skechers on his racing pants for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.  Both men proudly represented Skechers at the event known as the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Victor was riding California Chrome at the Belmont Stakes when Skechers sponsored the horse in 2014. This time we partnered with the hall-of-fame jockey himself as he attempted to become one of only four to have won the race four times. When we asked Victor his thoughts on Skechers and the big race, he said:

“When I’m relaxing away from the track, I’ve always loved how comfortable Skechers shoes feel. As my career really hit its stride on the West Coast, I’m thrilled to have such an iconic California brand supporting me on this incredible journey.”

Unfortunately his horse, Gormley, didn’t have a win in his legs this time, but Espinoza made a memorable impression with Skechers on the very sloppy race day track.

After twenty seasons in the majors, ten-time All-Star David Ortiz was ready to lay down his bat. Reflecting on his career and the new partnership with Skechers he said:

“While I knew I’d miss things about the game, I’m definitely able to enjoy my retirement in comfort thanks to my new partnership with Skechers. Toward the end of my career it felt like I was playing on two stubs, but now these Skechers have me feeling like I’m walking on the clouds!”

Watch for David’s campaign to kick into gear later this year with a new television commercial. Check back here for behind the scenes details in the months ahead!

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