July 2, 2020


Saturday, May 13, 2006
This week we received a package. It had Neo's name on it and he was very excited to open it.

It was a wonderful, hand-made baseball bat that Paw-Paw ordered for Neo. It is beautiful with Neo's name engraved in the barrel and his initial stamped in the end.

But the most beautiful part about it is the story, which I will do my best to recreate here.

My dad was at a lumber store, looking to buy a piece of wood. He asked for any large pieces of ash that he could use to make a baseball bat for his grandson. One of the guys in line noticed that, and told him that he could make a bat for him. My dad said sure and took his card and gave him the correct spelling of Neo's full name.

After the guy left, the man behind the counter asked Dad, "Do you know who that is?".

"No. Who is he?"

"That's Jack Marucci."

"Uhh... ok."

"He made the 'Curse Buster' - the bat used by a Boston Red Sox player to break the Bambino Curse and ultimately win the 2004 World Series!"

Jack Marucci makes bats for everyone... including major league ball players. They are all made by hand in his backyard. You can read more about Jack and his bat business here.

Neo's bat is beautiful, and we want to thank Paw-Paw and Jack for such a beautiful keepsake in the family. You can see some pics of Neo's bat here.

In other news, we came up to Dallas to spend some time with Vince, Amy, Ethan, and Kyle, and also to look at a used car that Christian was interested in. After some inspections by a VW dealer, Christian purchased the car! It is such a fun car, but you can judge for yourself.

The poor Prizm will have to sleep outside once we get home. It has served us well.

I can't tell you how proud I am of Christian. She has worked hard to save up money, find a great deal, negotiate with the seller and make it all happen. She got a GREAT deal on it, and I am so very proud of her. You did it babe. Now enjoy it. Open up that sunroof, and turn up the radio!

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Anonymous Keith said...

Go slugger! Great story :-D Beautiful bat!

Happy driving too!

9:07 PM  

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