There is no more romantic imagery in sports or literature than the man at the plate. One individual against nine players, each plotting against him. Onlookers noting every minutia of his successes and failures. And the only weapon in his possession – to beat back the opposing team, the naysayers, the disbelievers and that fiery, round projectile – is his bat. Not “a” bat, mind you. But his bat. For one does not go into battle with just any piece of lumber handed to him.
by Andrew Huang - Major League Baseball’s Players Weekend has a reputation for big personalities, and this year will be no different. From funky nicknames, to colorful, nontraditional uniforms, to custom equipment, there’ll be plenty of ways for players to put on a show. While Players Weekend is mostly about fun, it’s also an opportunity to bring attention to worthy causes. For this year’s Players Weekend, Anchor Bat Company has partnered with an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL to produce 27 hand-painted bats. “About 8 months ago, I met Matthew Rollins from Anchor Bat Co. through a mutual friend. We struck up a friendship, and when he came to me with an idea to paint bats for Players Weekend, I thought... Continue Reading →
by Mike Duprez, The Dispatch - When he was a young kid growing up, Austin Beck admired North Davidson players such as Levi Michael and aspired to be one of them. He’s done that and then some. It was just in June when Beck was drafted No. 6 overall by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Draft, which led to a franchise-record $5.3 million signing bonus. On Wednesday, Beck was at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem signing autographs, unveiling his new signature souvenir bat and visiting with pediatric cancer patients. It’s something he has wanted to do ever since he met cancer patient Gavin Hill three years ago. “It was a thrill,” Beck said. “It was a dream of mine to... Continue Reading →