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Why was Francisco Cervelli wearing David Wright's glove at third?

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We already know that David Wright(notes) of the New York Mets and Francisco Cervelli(notes) of the New York Yankees share a penchant for gigantic gazoo batting helmets.

But did we realize the baseballers from different sides of the NYC tracks also apparently fancy the same model of third baseman's glove?

Pressed into duty at third base in the ninth inning on Monday night, Cervelli — usually a catcher — was spotted by YES Network spies playing the hot corner with a Wilson model glove embroidered with "Wright #5" along the outside of the thumb.

Flashing the leather in place of the ailing Alex Rodriguez(notes) and replacement Ramiro Pena(notes), Cervelli made a solid play on a blooper in the Detroit Tigers' 3-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Cervelli has logged three innings at third base so far — and at least one with this particular glove.

Watch Cervelli's intriguing glovework

D-Wright appears to have reached across the boroughs to help a fellow baller in need. We don't know for sure how Cervelli acquired the glove, though, so we can only speculate without shame as to how it came about.

• As broadcaster Michael Kay pointed out, there's no No. 5 on the Yankees anymore, not since Joltin' Joe DiMaggio hung up the spikes, so the glove isn't some kind of artifact heisted from the top-secret safe buried underneath Monument Park.

• The other players named Wright in the majors this season — pitchers Wesley Wright(notes) and Jamey Wright(notes) — wear numbers in the 50s. So it's probably not Wesley's or Jamey's glove.

• Unless the only spare infielder's glove the Yankees equipment manager could find at the nearest Modell's also came with D-Wright's sponsorship (or if ALL third baseman's gloves sold come with Wright's stamp), we are left with only one conclusion:

Wright gave Cervelli the glove as a gesture of good will at some point.

A damn Yankee, playing the field with a glove owned by a stinkin' Met? Would the Boss go for this were he still alive? Would Howard Johnson ever use one of Mike Pagliarulo's bats? We know that Mariano Rivera(notes) won't share the air he breathes with K-Rod.

If this transaction is allowed to stand, dogs and cats will start living together... it'll be mass hysteria!

But while we wait for the Yankee beat writers to address this truly important matter of national security, here are some theories on how the illicit transfer took place:

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Wright wouldn't risk passing the glove to Cervelli in front of an umpire. Would he?

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Wright — with his tongue sticking out Michael Jordan-style — seems obviously tempted to slip the glove under Cervelli's chest protector. Did it happen here?

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Or how about here? In this photo, Wright might have been trying to hand Cervelli his bat — which might have been corked with a third baseman's glove — after a strikeout. You might think such a scenario is far-fetched, but sometimes the answer is in plain view.

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Here, Wright appears despondent in his attempt to pass a third baseman's glove to Cervelli.
But Cervelli somehow got the glove. It's only a matter of how. And why?

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