I’ve been using the same glove for about a decade, and it shows.
There’s duck tape holding the pocket together, there are rubber bands and Twist-Ties holding everything else together, the padding is slipping out of the palm, and the string is always in the way.
So why am I still using it?
Because it’s great for the glove trick (which is why all that string is there). There’s just something about the glove’s shape–I can’t explain it–that holds the rubber band in the perfect spot and makes the whole thing fool proof. And that’s why I’ve stuck with it year after year for all my snagging needs, even though it’s so flimsy and uncomfortable that I drop a few routine balls every season.
Recently, though, I decided it was time for a change, so for the first time ever, I brought my REAL glove–the one I used when I played in college–to a Major League game.
I’ve actually used this glove at my last three games, and it’s felt great. When I caught that home run during batting practice at Camden Yards, the ball made a ferocious THWACK!!! as it nestled snugly into the pocket.
I think this glove is here to stay, but I’m not quite ready to abandon the old one.