Wilson sporting goods has produced several videos about Major League Baseball players receiving their gloves for the 2014 season. The first visit is to Boston Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Fla., where the World Series champions can't wait to get their shipment. Stop back Thursday to see the Minnesota Twins get their gloves.
Boston Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia looks as happy as a little boy on Christmas. Or opening day. The glove he'll use for the 2014 season has been delivered by Wilson's master craftsman Shigeaki Aso, someone who has been described as the "Jedi Master" of baseball gloves.
Pedroia speaks reverently of Aso, remembering a year ago when he flew to Cleveland to meet the Red Sox and adjust Pedroia's glove so that he might fit a guard inside of it to protect Pedroia's damaged thumb. Rather than undergo surgery, Pedroia chose to play through the pain — but his glove needed to fit correctly in order to pull it off. It took Aso five minutes to install the guard, adjust the glove and get Pedroia back on the field. After the Red Sox won the World Series, Pedroia was awarded his third Gold Glove. He's still amazed about that day in Cleveland.
"He nails it from the get-go," Pedroia said. "He's the best."
This year, Aso delivered Pedroia's new 2015 A2K DP15 GM model. Pedroia tries the glove on and asks a hypothetical question about the fit:
"You can tighten it a little, maybe?"
Aso nods and replies, "Yeah, yeah."
Pedroia sounds almost afraid to ask: "Right now, you can?"
And with that, Aso whips out his little tool kit and makes the glove fit just right. No need to play out "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Pedroia is good to go.
"Perfect," Pedroia said. "Man, I'm excited."
So were the other Red Sox players featured, from new guy A.J. Pierzynski to holdovers Mike Napoli, Clay Buchholz and Jonny Gomes. Influenced by Terry Steinbach way back when, Pierzynski always has used a smaller model mitt so it's easier for him to find the ball quickly on stolen base attempts. Buchholz said he framed all of his old gloves and needs a new one. Gomes was just window shopping.
"I haven't changed my glove in... forever," Gomes said.
Pedroia can relate, but with his thumb healthy after surgery, he's looking forward to bonding with a new glove — without the heavier padding.
"Once you get the right glove broken in, there's nothing really like it," Pedroia said "it's like a part of you."
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