Summer is already behind us and I can tell you that our production staff has not slowed down in the past months. That is why I’ve been away for the blog lately. This week, I would like to talk about the visit to Denver I made with our professional representative Kevin Young in early August while Philadelphia was visiting Colorado.
The main goal of our stay was to meet several of our clients who are playing in these two teams: our partner and ambassador Carlos Gonzalez, our ambassadors Jonathan Lucroy, Tommy Joseph, Jesen Therrien (who had just been called up to the majors at that time), and our clients Odubel Herrera, and Freddy Galvis just to name a few.
I must tell you: the experience was incredible. The city of Denver is superb, the Coors Field is a marvel and the people gravitating in the entourage of both teams are really welcoming. As soon as we entered the stadium, we went to meet Carlos Gonzalez and Jonathan Lucroy in the home team locker room. They allowed us to get to know several other players on the team, including Gerardo Parra, Alexi Amarista, Pat Valaika and even the instructor and former star Vinny Castilla.
After our visit with Colorado, we headed to the Philadelphia locker room, where Joseph, Herrera, Freddy Galvis, Cameron Perkins and our friend Jesen Therrien were waiting for us.
In both locker rooms, we had the chance to chat with the players about what they were looking for in a baseball bat. They all have very specific particularities. For my part, I also had the opportunity to give them some advice about the differences between the models in terms of impact on the ball. I was also able to explain why some models are more difficult to produce because of the scarcity of wood.
At the end of our meetings, Kevin and I have concluded that players know much more nowadays or take the time to fully understand the science behind the wooden bat they have in their hands. In the two locker rooms, we saw that players like to try bats of different companies, but also of different species. They take the time to feel the difference between ash, maple and yellow birch. For many of them, it is still a matter of feeling more than a matter of physics when it comes time to choose their bat.
I must admit that players are much more receptive to understand the properties of each species than when I was playing, in the late 90s and early 2000. They want to find the best possible combination for their swing, always trying to get the best results.
In conclusion, I'll leave you on the best quote from my stay in Colorado, which comes back to CarGo while he was having fun sending balls to the third deck in the right field, not far from the Tavern restaurant, during the batting practice.
"With yellow birch, I do not feel I have to swing 100% to get the ball out of the stadium. The bat does the big part of the work. "
Let’s talk soon.