As Scooter Gennett was surrounded by reporters following his four-homer game on June 6, his teammates yelled from the background for him to mention Show Bats, who made the bat that would later be sent to the Hall of Fame.
“I’ve got to give a shout-out to my bat company, Show Bats, everyone told me to tell you guys,” Gennett said that night to laughs from media members and his teammates. “They are the best bats. For a little guy to hit the ball over the fence, it takes a good bat.”
If Gennett sounded like a salesman, it was no accident. His father, Joe Gennett, is a partner in Show Bats, the major-league arm of Ohio-based SabreCat Bat Company.
Gennett has used SabreCat bats since the minor leagues after SabreCat owner Rob Roberts was introduced to the then-minor leaguer and asked him to try out one of his bats.
“I tried out the SabreCat in BP and was like, ‘Hey man, it feels good, but I’m not going to know until I hit 95 with it.’ I kind of mixed them into games, and I was really impressed with them,” Scooter Gennett recalled. “I was like, ‘Man, these bats are legit.’ They were consistent, which was the biggest thing for me.”
He also got a chance to customize his bat, making 19 adjustments before getting it just right. And now, he’s the best endorser a dad could ask for.
“You've got to give credit to the bat, as well, because if he's swinging a non-performing piece of wood,” said Joe Gennett, who runs Show Bats from his home in Sarasota, Fla., where he moved his family from Cincinnati when Scooter was 10. “I don't care if it's in Johnny Bench's hands, he wouldn't have hit four. It goes hand-in-hand you've got a guy that's totally locked in and every swing is locked in, plus you have the bat, a high-performance bat that was able to get the job done. They worked hand-in-hand.”