Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Gift From The Giving Tree.

Byline: JIM BELSHAW Of the Journal

She was a woman of a certain age (mine). We met in front of the baseball bat display just beyond "Assorted Catcher's Gear." She hefted a metal bat, a small one, Little League-size, then pulled another from the rack and held them up side by side.

"Do these come in different lengths?" she said.

Both of us shopping for Christmas bats with too little information.

I told her I didn't know. Metal bats came after my time. I pulled an A-Rod model Louisville Slugger from the wood bat display and slipped into a batting stance, remembering fast balls I managed to hit a long way. Right there in the aisle near "Assorted Catcher's Gear," I could feel the delicious jolt of them in my hands when the wood met the ball. …

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