Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rating The Stocking Stuffers

This week we will be rating the bats, gloves, shoes, and other equipment that you may want to give your son for Christmas. When you consider the cost involved for a metal bat, you want to make sure that you are making the right choice. Gloves are a little more personal, but we will provide guidelines to follow as well as tips for breaking them in. Since little Johnny is past that "surprise me like Santa Claus stage", it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring him along.

We will also rate the hottest item in the baseball community....wood bats. We are big fans of summer wood bat tournaments, batting practice and fall ball. If you read Senior Year, by Dan Shaughnessy, (A great gift for Dad) there are high school leagues in Massachusetts that only allow wood bats. We like wood, because we feel that it puts things into perspective. There are no mistake hits with wood. That 90 mph inside fastball that you eked over the second baseman's head with your EXO, is a sawed off handle with wood. Wood forces you to seek the sweet spot, stay inside the ball and drive those balls using proper technique. If you can hit successfully with wood against good pitching, you are MVP caliber with metal.

There are also some great little accessories and training aids out there worth a stocking stuffer or two that we will feature as well. Tomorrow, we rate the bats...Wednesday the gloves...Thursday the shoes and Friday the accessories. Happy Holidays!!!

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