Garrison Creek Bat Company hosted their annual Season Opener at Steam Whistle Brewing’s historic Roundhouse on Wednesday April 2nd. Just in time for the Blue Jays Home Opener two days later, this event was a celebration of art and all things baseball. The annual event is, at its core, a pop-up gallery showcasing the work of over 30 artists. GCBatCo hand-turns their bats (aka “makes them the old-fashioned way”) and then hands those bats over to artists, illustrators, and craftspeople to turn them into truly incredible, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Here is a great video on how and why Garrison Creek Bat Company hand-makes their bats:
From the smorgasbord of warm pretzels, various mustards, kimchie, and veggies, to the porcelain baseballs and baseball helmets for sale, everything featured that extra touch of care. Paying attention to detail has become a staple trademark of CGBatCo. Founders C.R. Fieldhouse, Ryan Christiani, and Dave Murray love baseball and art and love showing off that love.
They also love giving back to the community. GCBatCo has a growing relationship with the Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, with a mission to give back to the community. This year the Season Opener included the raffle of a custom-made Roberto Alomar bat, signed by Robbie himself. All proceeds went to Jays Care.
Which bat from the Season Opener is your favourite? Let us know in the comments or by sending us a tweet.