LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The buzz from the intricate saws at Hillerich & Bradsby in downtown Louisville can only match the excitement of the names they are carving out. You could say, it’s been awhile.
Rick Redman of the company says, “This is historic. For the first time in 71 years, Louisville Slugger is making World Series bats for players on the Cubs.”
A five to zero victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night sent Chicago into a frenzy, many of the fans remembering the ones who did it last.
The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. The last time they made it to the World Series was in 1945.
Now the modern day cubs, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez and others are getting custom made Slugger Bats. Most get maple wood. Zobrist likes ash wood. Javier Baez will swing birch.
Even the folks at Slugger are excited and this company's been around since 1884. That means they made bats for the first World Series in 1903.
There's been talk of a curse, a jinx. Cubs fans have even been compared to the long-suffering fans of Kentucky football. So it was ironic on Saturday night, just a couple of hours after the cubs got into the World Series,
The Wildcats in Lexington pulled off their own Cubs-like miracle. Behind one point to Mississippi State, UK kicker Austin MacGinnis nailed a 51-yard kick and Kentucky won.
The excitement too much to bear, (sorry for the pun), but the Cubs flag is flying outside the Proffitt household TONIGHT ... Cubs win Cubs win!!!