Meet The Father-Son Duo Making Handcrafted Wooden Bats | Sunday TODAY


>>>IN THE LONG 162-GAME SUMMER SLOG OF A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON, WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED. SURE SOME FANS ALREADY ARE TEARING OUT THEIR HAIR ABOUT THEIR TEAM’S SLOW START OR BAD PITCHING OR FURTHER US YANKEE FANS INJURIES. NOBODY IS OUT OF IT YET. FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, LEGENDS LIKE BABE RUTH, JACKIE ROBINSON, HANK AARON, AND DEREK JETER HAVE SWUNG LOUISVILLE SLUGGER BATS. THEY ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH THE GAME. BUT ONE UPSTART FATHER-SON BAT COMPANY IN SOUTH CAROLINA IS BREAKING INTO THE BIG LEAGUES. NBC’S STEVE PATTERSON HAS OUR “SUNDAY CLOSER.”>>Reporter: FOR MANY OF US, THE SONG OF SPRING IS OFTEN BEST COMPOSED BY THE SOUNDS OF BASEBALL. THE HUMIDITY OF THE PARK, THE POP OF THE MITT, AND YES, THAT CRISP, UNMISTAKABLE CRACK OF THE BAT. ALEXANDER LIKE YOU STILL GOT IT.>>EVERY BLIND SQUIRREL FINDS A NUT.>>Reporter: THAT’S MATTHEW ROLLINS BEING MODEST. THE GUY CAN REALLY HIT. SO WELL THAT HE DREAMED OF GOING PRO. YOUR PLAN WAS TO GO TO THE MAJORS OR BUST?>>ABSOLUTELY. THERE WAS NO PLAN B.>>Reporter: PLAGUED BY INJURIES, ROLLINS WAS FORCED TO HANG UP HIS CLEATS. STARTING A FAMILY AND CAREER IN THE CORPORATE WORLD. STILL, HE YEARNED TO GET BACK INTO THE GAME HE LOVED, BUT HOW? TURNS OUT THE ANSWER WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. IN THE HANDS OF THE MAN WHO COACHED HIM ALL HIS LIFE, HIS DAD, EDIE, A MASTER WOOD CRAFTSMAN.>>I’VE ALWAYS DONE WOODWORK FROM AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER.>>Reporter: ED ED MADE HIS SON’S FIRST BAT IN HIGH SCHOOL. DO YOU REMEMBER SWINGING WITH THAT FIRST BAT?>>YEAH. COMPLETELY EMBARRASSED. I DIDN’T WANT TO USE A BAT THAT MY DAD MADE.>>Reporter: TODAY HE SEE ITS DIFFERENTLY.>>I KNOW HE WAS INCREDIBLY GIFTED AND TALENTED. ANYTHING REALLY RELATED WITH WOOD.>>Reporter: BEFORE THEY KNEW IT IT A MOST UNLIKELY COMEBACK WAS ON.>>THAT’S IT THERE –>>Reporter: CREATING ANCHOR BATS. CRAFTING HIGH-QUALITY BATS FROM MATT’S GRANDMOTHER’S GARAGE. WOOD TAKING SHAPE — ALL OF THIS FOR ONE BAT?>>THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF IT.>>Reporter: THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF IT?>>YES.>>Reporter: THE CONCEPT HAS BEEN A HOME RUN. AND WORD IS SPREADING FROM LITTLE LEAGUERS TO BIG LEAGUERS, ANCHORING UP.>>AS A FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER THAN A BAT THAT I WOULD HAVE USED.>>Reporter: ANCHOR IS ONE OF 30 COMPANIES SELLING BATS TO THE PROS.>>LIKE A 2TWEENOR.>>Reporter: HE REMEMBERS THIS –>>I WAS BEGGING, PLEASE DON’T LET HIM BREAK THIS BAT. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE OUTCOME IS OTHER THAN HIM SHATTERING THIS BAT IN THIS MOMENT.>>Reporter: MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE DAVID AND GOLIATH STORY. GOING UP AGAINST TITANS LIKE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER.>>WE’RE JUST A SMALL COMPONENT THAT’S PART OF THE STORY OF BASEBALL.>>WE REALLY ARE LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM. KIND OF COUPLED WITH AMERICA’S PASTIME.>>Reporter: A BOLD IDEA BORN FROM HUMBLE ROOTS WITH ONE MISSION IN MIND —

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