There are two types of people in this country: People who love the game of baseball, and people who could care less. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, if you grew up a sports fan spring training was always something you were well aware of. Spring training meant summer was almost here, and that school was almost out. The opening of baseball parks meant that ice cream, popcorn, soda, and hot dogs all devoured in one session was acceptable. If you were a player, watching the professionals play made summer nights at the park all the more significant.
With the season quickly approaching, whether you are a pro or a little leaguer, you are one of two types of people when it comes to the most important equipment on the field, your glove. Some love to get a new glove every so often, and some like to keep there glove for a life time as if they have a relationship with it… we wouldn't doubt that they in fact do have a relationship with that glove. If you ask these people who have an attachment to their glove they will say it’s sentimental memories keeping them attached.
It’s always great to hear those stories, but for those of you who like to have a new glove every few years there are always problems that you face. Breaking in the glove is a big task. That’s why so many like to stick with the same old glove year after year. If it isn't broke don’t fix it, right? Breaking in a glove is quite an art form. Here are a few ways that some of the greats break in their gloves:
Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners Pitcher
Some people would not suggest this, but Felix Hernandez says that he puts his glove in the Microwave for 30 seconds, then lathers it up with shaving cream, and lastly playing catch with it several times before playing with it in a game.
Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame Center Fielder
Griffey Jr. had a care-free method of breaking in his glove saying that he would just send his dad his gloves for him to break in.
Adrian Beltre - Texas Ranger Third Baseman
Beltre says, that he also puts his glove in the microwave but then will take a glove mallet and pound on the glove a few minutes before taking the field for practice; letting time and conditioning take its course.
Tim Lencecum - San Fransisco Giants Pitcher
Takes a more simple approach by just playing catch and lets time break in his glove.