Ever since we saw this Tweet, we’ve been working to bring you some better shots of Brandon Phillips’ new 2015 Wilson A2K DATDUDE glove. I’m thrilled to say that Wilson came through with even more than we could have asked. Below is the story of the actual process behind Phillips’ latest head-turner, and ultimately the final product—Dat Dude’s most unique and precise model to date.
If you’ve been following along the past couple of years, Phillips seems to get his new model a year ahead of time to break in before putting it into game use, so the 2014 DATDUDE, which he received last year and has been available for sale since last year, will most likely graduate to “Gamer” this year. But what about 2015? The creative process began in the winter of 2014, and here’s how it went down.
Wilson brought Phillips into their Chicago HQ, and they started by laying out some of their best custom gloves for creative inspiration. Then, Wilson Gloves Global Business Director, Michael Markovich (above left), worked with Phillips on WilsonCustomGloves.com to continue the brainstorming process behind the 2015 DATDUDE. Shigeaki Aso (middle), Wilson’s Glove Development Master Craftsman, along with Ryan Smith (right), Glove Development Specialist, were also in on the project.
As they got further along, they realized the glove builder wouldn’t accomplish what Phillips wanted, so they busted out the Cincinnati Red sharpie and got a little more creative.
Phillips drew up exactly what he had in mind. He spent hours with Wilson’s glove team, getting it exactly right.
The end result is the first of its kind: a pattern that Wilson has never produced before, with aspects in the welting and lacing that are not done on any other Wilson model.
That red/camel/black contrast on the back of the glove is my favorite part. It makes the glove look like a claw. Its very distinctive and so different than what we’re used to seeing.
Another first in baseball gloves, the sick Phillips signature branding on the fingers. We’ve seen personal branding with Jeter’s PRODJ2 and A-Rod’s PRORV23, but never on the outside of the glove for the world to see.
Brandon’s version of the Jumpman, the 2015 DATDUDE has a silhouette of one of the many acrobatic ways that Phillips gets it done at 2B. Looks a whole lot like this one from a Yankee/Reds matchup in 2011:
And here are the beauty shots:
And now, the burning question: when will it be available??
It will be available for order exclusively from BaseballExpress.com starting May 1 and other retailers in August.
A huge thanks to Jennette Rauch for working with WPW and for the great photography.
So, what do you think? I’ll use the same girlfriend system as with CarGo’s glove:
We promised you we’d get more looks at this beauty, and thanks to the Colorado Rockies team photographers, Clarkson Creative (Website/Instagram/Twitter), we finally have some better looks at Carlos Gonzalez’ new Nike “White Snow” H-Web glove. Clarkson Creative, the Rockies team photographers since the inception of the franchise in ’93, are a must-follow on Instagram. Their coverage of Denver sports is unmatched.
Did you catch that textured palm? Dimples like you’d see on an outdoor basketball seem to be covering the purple palm, and it looks like they might have a subtle white color? Might need to get a little closer for this but its definitely there.
When I initially saw this glove in the photo above, the white was all that was really shown and I was definitely lukewarm on it. Now that I’ve seen the purple palm and web, I’m 100% in love with it. The “White Snow” is a great ode to Denver, and the Rockie purple puts it all together.
Nike’s attention to detail is nothing new, but in terms of baseball gloves, we’ve never seen anything as opulent as this one. The gold accents. The one-of-a-kind stitching and welting. Fabric on the ring, middle, and index fingers (presumably to make the glove lighter). The mysterious textured palm. If Mike Trout is reading this, you better get your agent on the phone because CarGo just snatched your title belt as the Freshest Fielder in the League.
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