MLB players like to have personalized bats, gloves, helmets and cleats—if they’re named after them, that’s even better.
There’s really no reason behind it, probably other than the fact that they like to feel like they’ve earned their success and possessions.
It’s cool to have a bat made just for you: it has your power, your skills and it’s almost a small part of you.
Washington Nationals star Juan Soto was pictured in the All-Star Game with a beautiful red bat with his name all over it.
Talkin’ Baseball posted a photo of Soto hitting with it during the Midsummer Classic.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes had some additional data that you’ll probably find amusing or endearing.
“Fun fact: He had a couple of these bats in a golf bag next to his locker in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse yesterday. I saw a teal too. Most guys only had a few bats around. The Sotos were in a golf bag like it was clubs and I had never seen it before,” she wrote.
Fun fact: He had a couple of these bats in a golf bag next to his locker in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse yesterday. I saw a teal too. Most guys only had a few bats around. Soto was in a golf bag like it was clubs and I had never seen him before. https://t.co/CBT4ltZqVt
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 20, 2022
Soto is a unique character and player
We’ve seen a lot in baseball over the years, but not a player using a golf bag to carry his clubs.
Baseball is full of firsts, though, and it’s nice to know that it’s unique in almost every way except the batter’s box.
There, Soto is a beast: he has a solid .293/.427/.541 batting line with 118 home runs, and he’s not even 24 yet.
He’s won a World Series ring, batting titles, Silver Sluggers and already has a few All-Star spots.
It’s no coincidence that every team dreams of having him by the time the trade deadline rolls around.