This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bo Diaz

I have been collecting baseball memorabilia in one form or another for the better part of 40 years and my collection reflects my changing interests over time. When I was younger my collection was a competition with friends. Being the first to complete a Topps set was a special point of pride. With some maturity and the availability of complete sets in the Sears Christmas catalog, my interests began to change. Now, many years later, I see my collection as a way of preserving memories, connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. One new relationship resulted in this Bo Diaz bat.

A few years ago when I  regularly contributed to Sports Collectors Daily, I interviewed Ryan Anderson of Crown Sports Auctions for an article I was writing about his auction house. Ryan was great to work with and expressed an interest in helping bat collectors fill holes in their collections. Well, Ryan lived up to his words. A few weeks after I started this blog, I received a phone call from Ryan. He had seen 83 Bats and asked if I had a Diaz bat yet because he had one to give me. Thank you Ryan, the Bo Diaz bat reduced my want list by one, but more importantly it is a reminder that friendships are the most important part of this hobby.

12 bats down 71 to go.