Just got my new glove in the mail. Check it out:
Here’s what the pocket looks like:
You may recall that I lost my old glove on 8/22/12 at Citi Field. That one was a “Gold Glove Series” infielder’s glove; the new one is a custom “Pro Preferred” outfielder’s glove, and I love the fact that my name is on it. This glove measures 12.75 inches, which is the largest size allowed in Major League Baseball. I’ll always be a shortstop at heart, but since the bulk of my catching now occurs on home run balls in the stands, getting a bigger glove made sense. (No, not THIS big. C’mon.)
As for the color, I thought about getting a black glove with white lacing — a snazzy look for sure — but ultimately chose to go the non-gimmicky route. As for the ball pictured above, I decided that the very first ball to touch my glove should be my favorite ball that I’ve ever caught. No disrespect to Mike Trout, but the final Mets home run from Shea Stadium is still at the top of my list. (Here’s my blog entry about the final day at Shea — definitely worth a read, especially if you’re looking for some baseball entertainment this offseason.)
Does anyone have advice for breaking in a new glove? I have my few standard techniques (including the application of shaving cream), but I’m open to new/zany suggestions.