Louisville and the Big Bat

As we headed back to Denver to visit friends, re-organize after our first year, and take care of doctor’s, veterinarian, RV and car appointments, we scheduled a couple of stops to visit more good friends along the way.lville 020

kentucky  001After visiting our niece and her fiancee in Cincinnati, we drove to Louisville, Kentucky to visit our good friends, Jim and Jane, whom we hadn’t seen in quite a few years.  We were very excited to see them and their daughters, Katie and Sarah.photo-6

photo-5Since we were there during the week, we got together in the evenings for dinner and catching up.  One night Jim and Jane hosted us for dinner in their lovely home, and Katie prepared a wonderful dessert.photo-9

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Another night the family joined us for dinner on Island Girl.  This was the first time they saw Island Girl and I think the girls really liked her.

One day, Jim met us in the early afternoon and gave us a brief tour in and around downtown.  We visited some funky shops and saw some quirky Colonel Sanders stuff.

We then decided to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  Hector and I are baseball fans and thought it would be an interesting place.

lville 010The first thing you see when you arrive at the museum is the World’s Biggest Bat – how could you possibly pass that up?  The bat, which is made of carbon steel, measures 120 feet long, is 9 feet in diameter at the base and 3 feet 6 inches in diameter at the handle with a 6 foot 6 inch diameter knob.  And it weights approximately 68,000 pounds!lville 011

lville 013At the museum,  we learned about how bats are made and actually got to see part of the process.  We also got to hold some bats that were once used by baseball greats.lville 015

The Louisville Slugger is the official bat of Major League Baseball.  There are 8,000 variations of bats, but today’s players typically choose from about 300 popular models.

lville 012Major League players order approximately 120 bats per season, and approximately 1.8 million Louisville Slugger bats are made each year – about 3,000 bats per day at the factory and 5,000 per day in peak spring training.lville 016lville 008

Initially all bats were hand-carved, now the process is (mostly) automated with computerized settings that allow for customization to Major League players’ specifications.  Players today use more lightweight bats with thinner handles than in earlier years.  It was really interesting to learn about the evolution of the bats,  what types of bats players used in earlier years vs. today and to get an insight into this very specific part of the history of baseball.

lville 018lville 017We also took a quick look at historic Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held.  You can almost smell the mint juleps …

lville 019Louisville was another whirlwind stop, but our connections with our good friends after not seeing them for many years was as strong as ever.  And it’s great to see the girls grow up to become such smart and interesting young ladies.

Then we continued our westward journey…

~ Brendalville 021lville 022

3 thoughts on “Louisville and the Big Bat

  1. You guys have such amazing friends because you’re so AMAZING!!! Darling, beautiful, and heart warming sharing, as always. : ) Thank you!!!

  2. Hello Team Island Girl:
    Just spent the evening catching up on your blog posts. Where has the fall gone? I cannot believe that it was three months ago that we met you in the ferry parking lot in Pictou. Hope you are getting recharged in Colorado. Will you spend Christmas there or head for the palm trees? Happy travels, Beth.
    PS – Betty, the Glendette, is “wintering” in a lovely barn in rural Pictou County. She will remain there until May 1st 🙂

    • Hi, Beth, so nice to hear from you. It is really incredible how quickly time has passed. We are leaving Denver this weekend to avoid the really colder part of winter here. We’ll be heading to New Mexico, Arizona, and then to southern California for the winter. Seems like we’ll be in Arizona in some warmer weather for Christmas. Betty is a smart girl to winter in a cozy place and recharge for some fun travels next year. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
      Brenda

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