This is a follow up on my “Love of Glove” story from three years ago.
This season and last year, I’ve pulled an oldie out of my collection for when I’ve been working with my kids and their Little League teams. Here it is below:
Model: Rawlings 8526 – “Robin Yount” signature
Estimated Date of Purchase: 1986
Marking on outside thumb: “Edge-U-cated Heel”
Marking on inside pinky: “The Finest In The Field!”
Markings inside pocket: “Deep Well Pocket” and “Hinged Pad”
Comments: Yes, I “modifed” this one with a sharpie – back in the day – making it two-toned. Hey, it’s what the big leaguers were doing back then – before you could buy them in black and brown.
My son, who is now seven, is starting to catch up to me in the glove collection game. He’s had three of them so far. Here they are below:
As always, click on the thumbnails to enlarge the image.
His first one was a Wilson AD425 EX 95 “T-Ball” Model. I think we found it in Marshalls. After that, he used the Rawlings JD10B “Alex Rodriguez” model. In terms of style, it’s a real mini-me version of my Rawlings 8526 model. The diffence, of course, is that his came in all black whereas mine was modified. We got that one in Modells last year. And, this season, he started using a Wilson A450 model. It is not a signature model – but, it came with a tag saying that it was endorsed by David Wright. (I suspect they don’t name these so that they can tag them in different areas with different players.) He saw it in Target and insisted on getting it. Maybe he wanted one like the model I’ve been using the last two years – meaning a two-tone look?
Of course, he’s killing me with an A-Rod model and now a somewhat David Wright model. Then again, it could be worse. At least it’s not a Jose Reyes model or a Kevin Youkilis glove.
I still can’t believe the one that I’ve been rocking these last two years is like a quarter-century old. Granted, it wasn’t used all that much for close to 18 of those years. But, it’s still serving me well. I do have some others in the collection that I could dig out one day. And, I have a feeling that I’m going to need a sturdy catcher’s mitt in my near future. My son’s starting to get his pitching mechanics down and I may need that soon.
Yadier Molina is a Rawlings guy, I think? Maybe I’ll check out one of his models. I’ve always been partial to Rawlings.