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Video: Larry Fitzgerald Takes 'Batting Practice' With Diamondbacks

It really should be called "swinging practice" given the number of times Larry Fitzgerald actually connected with the ball. It turns out that hitting a baseball, even a batting practice cookie, is harder than it seems. We all know what a great athlete the Cardinal's wide receiver is, and yet he didn't stand a chance in the cage.

His stance was off and his was rushing his swing. Perhaps Larry was anxious to impress his new D-backs buddies Chris Young and Ryan Roberts or maybe he didn't want to embarrass himself in front of the cameras and his son. Whatever the reason, the results speak for themselves.

Of course, it was all in good fun. Larry is drumming up support and awareness for his charitable foundation, Assist 4 Africa and their up-coming celebrity softball game.

This first video feature's Larry after his first crack at the ball and after getting some hitting instruction from Kirk Gibson and Don Baylor. For some reason, Larry asked to see some curve balls. It didn't go too well.

This is video from Larry's first hacks. He starts out with a bunt to get the feel and then make contact on his first swing. It was down hill from there although later on he does start to find the timing.