Major League Baseball’s Opening Day festivities are still 30 days away. However, baseball fanatics will get a chance to whet their appetite as the World Baseball Classic is set to begin on March 2nd and run through March 19th. Teams representing 32 countries have been whittled down to a field of 16 that will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and the title of World Champion.
The World Baseball Classic began in 2006 in response to baseball being removed from the Summer Olympics. The first two Classics were held three years apart (2006 & 2009), however the new format will have the tournament being played every four years. Qualifying rounds are held all over the world, but the previous two championship games were held in the United States. This year, the qualifying rounds will be held in Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and the United States with the championship rounds being held in San Francisco.
Japan is the two-time defending World Baseball Classic Champion. The United States has never finished on the medal podium. Their best finish came in 2009 when they finished in 4th place. This year, Team USA is in Pool D and will start the Classic in Phoenix against Mexico, Italy and Canada. Let’s hope that Team USA will come out with bats blazing and bring the gold medal home to the states!
Miken MV-1 Supermax is making its debut in the slow pitch scene, and it’s no ordinary bat. It’s one of the hottest slow pitch bats of all-time. Since it’s so amazing, the Creative Team thought the MV-1 Supermax was deserving of a different video style. Slow pitch star, Jeremy Isenhower, swings the MV-1, so the Creative Team invited Mr. Isenhower out to the JustBats.com facility to be in our video.
On September 13th, 2011, the Creative Team and Jeremy Isenhower hit the field to shoot the video. My jaw about dropped when I saw the MV-1 Supermax in action. Jeremy crushed every ball about as far as I could see. We expected the MV-1 Supermax to be good, but after watching Jeremy Isenhower take some cuts, we realized the word ‘good’ was an understatement. We highly recommend the Miken MV-1 Supermax to anyone who wants a slow pitch bat that’ll take their game to the next level.
JustBats.com would like to give a special thanks to Jeremy Isenhower for making a unique video for a special bat.
I was in Oklahoma City for the inaugural Border Battle (USA Men’s Slow Pitch Game vs Canada). JustBats.com hung out with the USA Men’s Team throughout the weekend to record video of the game’s best players. As I shot video of the team, I took notice of a young boy named Easton Rulli. He is the son of USA Team member, Dennis Rulli, and the designated bat boy for the weekend. Easton caught my eye right away when I saw him at practice. First of all, you could tell he’s a gifted ball player, but more importantly, you could instantly notice his passion for the game. He showed up for every USA Team’s practice ready to go. He didn’t shy away when Brett Helmer crushed a ball his way or pass up an opportunity to take some cuts. You could tell Easton was inspired by his idol, his dad. He watched his every move, mimicking his dad’s skills to hone in on his own.
In watching Easton, I wanted to capture the essence of dreaming big. I know Easton isn’t alone in his aspirations. Thousands of ball players are just like Easton, determined to be the next Derek Jeter or the next Dennis Rulli. The sky is the limit and don’t let anything stand in your way. We, at JustBats.com, will do anything in our power to help you achieve your biggest dreams. We want you to DREAM BIG!