Transcript for Made in America: Dove Tail Bats from Shirley Mills, Maine
What a night last night. Another nail-biter. The Houston Astros, one game away. The dodgers not giving up without a fight. And made in America, something on the field this season, and the workers not giving up, either. With all eyes on the Houston Astros and the L.A. Dodgers this week, we're watching something else, too. Not just the players, but some of the bats, now being used in the major leagues. The logo, right there. The season, some 75 players with dove tail bats from Shirley mills, Maine. And we just had to meet the man behind the made in America bat. Hi, Paul. Good to see you. Fancy meeting you at a batting cage. That's where we hang around. I need some tips. We can do that. But first, the idea behind that made in America idea. What do you got? I got some bats for you to try. Beautiful bats. This is entirely made in America. Made in Maine with Maine wood, with Maine labor. Paul, a former baseball player himself, even trying out for the majors. What was it like trying out for the red sox? Phenomenal. As close to getting to my dream, that was it, you know? Their loss. Well, yeah, their loss. Paul's other love? Carpentry. You started out making cabinets -- Right. And then you were sort of on the side doing what you loved, which was something to do with baseball. Right. I -- you know, it evolved, because my youngest son wanted to play baseball, for a living. He started making bats for his son first. Instead of me sending him money, I'd send him bats. His son started selling the bats. Start in the forests of Maine, carefully shaped, polished, logo added. 11 workers making 30,000 bats this year alone. When you're watching baseball, are you really looking for your bat? Every time. Every at-bat. Then, I was at-bat. Been awhile. Probably since little league. A few tips. First thing you have to do, you have to hit the edge grain. You can't hit the face grain. And as you're swinging, coming into the ball. Concentrate on hitting the ball. Then they told me, aim for the security camera. Sweet. A much-needed lesson, made in America. We love made in America. But I'll keep my day job. I'm David Muir. I hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. Until then, have a good evening.
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