Cooperstown, N.Y. - If you're a baseball fan you've probably heard a lot about this guy over the past week.
Chicago White Sox catcher Yermin Mercedes made history in the MLB starting this season hitting 8-for 8.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mercedes is the first player in the modern era to begin a season with hits in his first 8 at-bats.
To top it all off, on Thursday, the designated hitter sent a blast that traveled 485 feet making it the longest home run of the 2021 season thus far and the longest by a White Sock since Joe Borchard's 504-footer back in 2004.
The second longest home run hit this season is from Yankees Giancarlo Stanton: 471 feet.
But get this, the 28-year old rookie is doing all of this using local hardware.
He gets his bats from Cooperstown Bat Company.
"We started working with Yermin back in 2015. I think he had just signed back with the Orioles so he was in Delmarva playing with the Shorebirds. We sent him bats at that time where he purchased bats and literally loved them and has stayed with us ever since,” said Tim Haney, co-owner of Cooperstown Bat Company.
“I don't even know if I can express the feeling (seeing him have this success with our bats). It's a little overwhelming. It's awesome to watch him. I get nervous though when I watch guys using our bats on TV. I have a really personal relationship with Yermin. The only thing I told Yermin to do is be Yermin and don't let anybody change anything. Do Yermin, that’s what you’re good at.”
video courtesy: White Sox Twitter