It doesn't matter if you are too far away to see the uniform. When Greg Deichmann steps up with his blazing green bat, everyone knows who is at the plate.
The bat is as unique as Deichmann's ability to effortlessly hit 400-foot homers. Here's a breakdown of the basic information, as well as how the slugger came to arrived at this loud weapon of choice.
Dimensions: 33.5 inches, 30.5 ounces
Color: Depending on who you ask, neon green or chartreuse
Nickname, to Greg Deichmann: Green Bat
Nickname, to fans: The Lightsaber
Nicknames, suggested: Highlighter of Doom, Neon Cowboy, The Great Glowstick
Message: The fitting words “See ya!” are inscribed on the barrel.
Decorations: Located between the handle and barrel are stickers with logos of other Southeastern Conference schools.
Grip: The bat has a taped handle with a heavy coat of pine tar.
Back story: How does one choose to use such an ostentatious color? The answer is in the question — Deichmann liked the idea of standing out when he came to the plate.
"I kind of feel it’s my thing," Deichmann said. "I like it. It’s what the fans know me as. It helped me build a little bit of confidence that I was knowing I was going to come in here and establish myself and have a signature with me, too."
Deichmann was given the option to order a custom bat late in his freshman season when he rarely played because of a nagging injury. He had a bevy of options, but green stuck out. He never thought he’d use it.
“I saw green, and I said, ‘You know, I’m probably never going to use this anyway. It might be a fun trophy bat.’ So I got it,” Deichmann said.
But a funny thing happened. He started swinging it during fall practice of his sophomore year, and he started having some success. He wasn’t superstitious enough to believe the success was because of the bat’s color, but the color could add something to someone who was developing a reputation as someone who could change a game with a swing.
“I came in the fall and I hadn’t really proven anything yet,” Deichmann said. “So I came back and I was feeling confident, and I said, ‘I’m going to win a starting job this fall, I’m going to play my sophomore year.’
“I started using it, and it might’ve been a little bit of a confidence builder, too. Knowing that I’m about to establish myself.”
That certainly has been the case. Deichmann, who has hit all 30 of his collegiate home runs with a neon bat, hears as much all the time.
“I’ve had fans tell me, ‘You walk into the park and it pops. We know you’re up to bat when we see it,’ ” Deichmann said.
Imitators: Deichmann said he doesn’t think he’s any sort of a trendsetter, but he has noticed that Rawlings produced a neon green base model that is widely used. His take? His certain shade of green is better. “I still think mine glows a little more,” Deichmann said.
Other owners: This is Deichmann’s third green bat, but he only owns two of them. He gave the first edition of his green bat away to a child who was impacted by the historic flooding in Louisiana last summer, Colt Blanchard of Central. Perhaps there will be one more owner in 2018, when Deichmann will be swinging a wood bat in professional baseball. “Maybe I’ll pass it on next year,” Deichmann said, before adding, “if somebody wants to take it.”