One of our favorite players with the Red Sox in recent years was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as evidenced by a number of jerseys and bats in the collection. (If you have any gear please email us at email@example.com we are looking for some!!!) One reason was, of course, he was a catcher and he also was prone to the dramatic home run. The above bat was used to hit a two run game tying bottom of the 9th home run against the Orioles in 2012. Further he was a fan favorite, generous with his time and quick with a smile and an autograph. He was the star of the 2012 Christmas at Fenway.
However, what truly won our hearts was the prodigious amount of pine tar that Salty slathered on his bats. They were literally dripping with it. This would cause the bats to pick up things like grass and dirt from the field, see above. The bats would even collect the occasional sunflower seed from the bench area, see below.