Curtis Granderson is as classy as it gets in the Big Leagues. He’s a tremendous leader on the field as well as off it, with a commitment to his community that many athletes feign, but few actually live by. Granderson has always shown appreciation for Jackie Robinson and what he stands for, and this year Grandy wanted to show his graciousness loud and clear with his New Balance 4040v2s.
Where some guys use it as an excuse to add more flash, Granderson will take the field in Phoenix tonight with a relatively understated 4040v2 with a simple message: “Thank You Jackie.”
We are told these are the Nike Swingman MVP 2 3/4. Though these are unavailable online, you can find the Swingman MVP 2s here in several solid colorways.
Check that—2nd look. Jason Heyward showed his off yesterday:
Hope to have more Jackie Robinson commemorative cleats coming through as the day rolls on.
The Nike glove department has been operating more like an art studio of late, treating each professional custom glove like a blank canvas, as we saw recently on guys like Ian Kinsler and Andrew McCutchen. The latest guy to hit the Swag Lottery? One of Nike’s most spoiled athletes, Shane Victorino. Victorino is living out a ballplayer’s dream with the treatment he gets. Just a quick look at his Instagram account is proof enough that he’s got it made, but these gloves are on a completely different level.
Shoes are one thing, we’ve seen Nike tell stories on those for years, but Victorino is one of the lucky few that gets to tell his story on a baseball glove.
Whether you are a fan of the colors/web/whatever, can you imagine getting a glove like this? With your number, your family’s names, your hometown, and to top it all off the “Hang Loose” hand emblazoned on the palm.
And you might be wondering about those symbols, what they mean. According to Victorino, ”Its a family pattern designed for me by a famous Hawaiian designer. It tells the story of my family and my life’s story.”
Baseball players often talk about how sacred their glove is, how strong the bond is between a man and his glove. In Victorino’s case, how could the bond be any stronger? I’d want to be buried with it.
Oh, and he got THREE OF ‘EM!
All three implement a mesh back that you can see flows through very subtly to the thumb and comes to a point at the Swoosh on the wrist.
This one might be my favorite because I think the navy palm/red “Hang Loose” is just too filthy, but I’m interested to know your opinions on these as well. Only thing I know for sure is Victorino has got it made. Thanks again to @T_Vett for sending these through.
There are no H-Webs available yet, but you can shop the rest of the Nike SHA|DO Elite J line here.
George Springer, the #21 prospect in baseball and a guy who nearly went 40/40 in the minors last year, sent us some great shots of the Nike gloves he just got in today. He shared this one on Instagram, which looks a whole lot like Carlos Gonzalez’ from last year (UPDATE: Springer has since deleted this).
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve been asked to remove the images of Springer’s Hyperfuse glove. Expect more from WPW on this as the season progresses.
Though we had to remove the photos, just know that the Nike Hyperfuse glove is definitely from the future.
This more standard Astro-colored H-Web is maybe a little less Robocop but still a beautiful glove. We’re hoping to see this one in Houston asap as Springer is expected to join the Big club this season.
Fellow top prospect (#23 in baseball, #1 in Jays org.) and Nike athlete Aaron Sanchez also sent us a shot of his NIKEiD Gamers, Nike Diamond Elite leather, and threw in his IonMe Negative Ion bracelets. These are popping up on top prospects wrists all over the league. Check them out at this link for more info.
Nice day for footwear on WPW.
Here’s further proof that the Rays are the most stylish team in the business, Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist’s New Balance 3000 cleats up the neon ante with a lime green color that we’ve never seen before on the diamond.
This falls in line with the Volt green trend pulsing through the league right now, but with a little more attention to the team’s colors than what most guys are doing—just stamping neon green on whatever, wherever.
You can get the New Balance 3000s here.
Speaking of, here’s Dustin Pedroia’s newest Franklin CFX Pro colorway:
Not that I don’t like these as a standalone batting glove, but what does this colorway have to do with the Red Sox? Shouldn’t Zobrist be wearing these with those fresh 3000s?
CFX Pros are available here.
Check out the latest great Yankee center fielder’s gear here.
Here’s an exclusive look at Evan Longoria’s new CFX Pro‘s for 2014 as creative inspiration:
The Crusader by @Burgar3llo, with 35% of the vote, ran away with this one. Congratulations to @Burgar3llo and thanks to everyone for entering. It was a lot of fun reviewing your work, there were about 100 entries we would have loved to see win.
If over the last week you ended up falling in love with your new baby and can’t live without her, go back to WilsonCustomGloves.com and win her back.
And the one we’ve all been waiting for. Its been documented on this website that Pedroia was the catalyst for the New Balance take-over, and as appreciative as they are, the team over at New Balance takes extra special care of him. They’ve done great work for him in the past (check his others here and here) and the newest installment is no exception.
Let us know how they stack up to the other 2014 4040v2s we’ve seen, and shop the 4040v2 here (Pedroia’s white signature 4040v2s are available).
Here are the competitors:
Let me start by saying that this was the toughest decision of our lives. OK not that tough but it took way longer than expected to pick finalists. There were so many fresh jobs that they all deserved our attention and respect.
We originally wanted to choose 4 finalists, but it was impossible, so we expanded the field to 8. Even at 8, there were some left out that could easily have won this contest. If you didn’t make it, don’t take it as a slight on your stylistics, just that we had to somehow narrow it down.
Check ‘em out, click the WPW-anointed names to view the specs, pick your favorite and vote on it at the bottom. The more voting the better, so share with your friends, too. A huge thank you to Wilson for putting this together. Go get a fresh custom glove at WilsonCustomGloves.com if you haven’t already.
IMPORTANT NOTE AND CHANGE OF RULES: THE WINNER OF THIS VOTE WILL BE THE OVERALL WINNER!!! WE ARE GOING TO FOREGO THE SECOND ROUND AND JUST TREAT THIS AS THE FINALS BECAUSE THE SECOND ROUND THING WAS A DUMB IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE.
AGAIN, WHOEVER WINS THIS VOTE WINS IT ALL! VOTING ENDS ON SUNDAY AT 11 AM PACIFIC TIME!!!
The Crusader 1786 by @Burgar3llo
This Holy Cross recruit looks like he’s prepping for a middle infield job with the Crusaders. That mesh/purple/white is straight dirty and a great match for his team colors.
The Hand of the Rising Sun 1781 by @OnoTaishi
Taishi designed a glove inspired by his home country, Japan. It was the yellow logos that really made this one pop.
Seafoam DP15 by @tyler_helm21
I caught myself favoring the white base colors, and this one was one of my favorites.
Stars and Stripes DP15 by @Dat_Dude_TR
There were a few like this but this one stood out from the rest for us. Its not too loud but still a bona fide head-turner on the diamond.
The Black Hole 1791-Pudge by @Daps_20
Our catcher’s entry, this is just a sharp all-around custom job. Looks like it has an insatiable appetite for fastballs on the black.
Baby Blue I 1787 by @jdmcewen22
So easy on the eyes. This one has heartbreaker written all over it.
Stay Classy 1787 by @CAMPAS_13
Many of the classic-looking gloves lost out in favor of the vibrant ones, but this cream/black was the classiest entry we saw. Vanderbilt should be all over this.
A&W DP15 by @DaneHogue
Maybe its because I love cream soda, but this one just looks delicious.
- ONE VOTE PER PERSON
- If I sense cheating, you’re disqualified
- Share with your friends
- WHOEVER WINS THIS VOTE WINS IT ALL! VOTING ENDS ON SUNDAY AT 11 AM PACIFIC TIME!!!
Joey Bats just doing what Joey Bats does. Bludgeon anything he can reach into the left field bleachers.
Here’s our latest scoop from New Balance, the 4040v2 cleats made exclusively for Jose Bautista, featuring the “JB” logo that we originally thought was reserved for Marucci products. Its looking very much at home here on the tongue of these 4040v2 Mids.
These are metals, but it looks like the ones on his feet in the lead photo are MCS. You can pick up the 4040v2 cleats here.
Check out our other custom 4040v2 close-ups:
Once you’ve reviewed them, tell us your favorite. I honestly can’t decide! Probably our toughest vote yet.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get your entries in tonight. I’ll be picking the finalists starting at 8 pm Pacific time tonight, so get your glove to me before then. We will release the finalists tomorrow, time TBA (just follow us on Twitter so you know exactly when it’s released). Read the contest directions and rules HERE.
Good luck to you all.
Have a look at Asdrubal Cabrera’s New Balance 4040v2 cleats. These are the first that I recall seeing in MCS (plastic) form in the Bigs, but as I’ve written about in the past, the plastics are something guys go to for comfort over a long season.
Shop the 4040v2 collection here.
Hint: We’ll unveil Pedroia’s 4040v2s on Friday, Opening Day at Fenway Park.
The Cuban phenom’s profile has been updated here. Glad to be back!
The Washington Post put together an awesome article/video/graphics breaking down Bryce‘s violent swing. Its the best breakdown of a swing I’ve ever seen.
Check it out here.
Also, this from 7:30 this morning:
And then this from the second inning:
Irony that will make your head spin.
Some very good news on an already glorious day. In honor of the Best Day of the Year, Opening Day, Wilson green-lighted the mother of all giveaways, the chance to build your very own dream glove. And the only thing you have to do to enter is build it. I legitimately can’t think of a better way to ring in the new season than with a ballgame on the TV and building out a new girlfriend on WilsonCustomGloves.com. You’re welcome. Here’s how to enter:
- Go to WilsonCustomGloves.com.
- Design your dream glove. Pick the best pattern, position, leather, colors, laces, logos, names, numbers you can think of. Make it the prettiest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on. Take your time. Clear your schedule. Ask your teammates. Instagram it. Talk to your family about it at dinner time. Make a Powerpoint. Pray about it. This step is not to be taken lightly.
- Once its completed, click “REVIEW YOUR GLOVE” on the top right of the screen.
- Note: DO NOT CLICK THE SHARE BUTTONS IN THE TOP RIGHT OF THE SCREEN, CLICK “REVIEW YOUR GLOVE.” Otherwise you will not be entered.
- On the right side, click the Twitter button to share your glove. (If you didn’t click “REVIEW YOUR GLOVE” in the previous step, you did it wrong and won’t be entered because we can’t see your glove.)
- This begins the judgment phase. Before you tweet your design, be sure to tag @WhatProsWear and @wilsonballglove to be entered.
- WPW will pick our FOUR favorite designs.
- Those FOUR will be taken to a March Madness style vote, with the semi-finals on Friday, April 4th, starting when I post the matchups and ending at 5 pm Pacific time.
- On Saturday April 5th, the remaining two entries will battle it out in a vote to see who will have his or her dream glove made. That vote will begin when I post the matchup and end at 5 pm Pacific time.
- ONE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN CUSTOM GLOVE MADE.
Some tips to help your chances of winning:
- Make a great-looking glove. Its a beauty pageant.
- Get your friends involved (obviously) in the voting. Share it with them.
- Don’t cheat. Don’t pester me.
- Entries are limited to one per person/Twitter account.
- I’m a human with a brain, reviewing every entry, so if you just make up a ton of Twitter accounts I’m going to figure it out and you’ll just be disqualified with no reinstatement.
- One winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 5.
- No purchase necessary.
If you haven’t already, jump on WilsonCustomGloves.com and get started.
Marucci leather is slowly permeating the Big Leagues, and today we get a look at all-star Jose Bautista’s set of three custom Modified Trap outfielder gloves. Bautista’s conversion from Wilson makes him a head-to-toe Marucci guy for the first time (except sunglasses). (His Wilson KP92 wasn’t bad either.)
I’m partial to blue always, but I think that Mesa color is so smooth. The black ain’t too shabby either. The aesthetic appeal of Marucci’s gloves is undeniable. I can’t speak from experience on their performance, but I’m curious to hear from anyone who does have a Marucci glove—how do they play? Please comment below.
As far as availability, Marucci hasn’t made a Modified Trap web for outfielders yet, but you can shop their collection here.
Jose has been seen wearing the Mesa as well as the blue, but we won’t know his choice until Opening Day. Which of these would be your choice?
The auction ends at 3:51 Pacific time today.
UPDATE: Somebody snagged ‘em for $350. Was it one of us? I hope.
Social Media Recap: Brian Wilson’s Custom Jordan 12s, New Evoshield and a New Winningest Coach of All Time
Brian Wilson customized his Jordan 12 cleats for Australia. You can see the continent itself on the left along with a Koala and Kangaroos. Cuz, you know, that’s all there is in Australia.
No Crocodile Dundee is an embarrassing oversight.
Johnny Gomes politely added some Victus wood to his collection for the trip back up north.
Augie Garrido became the most successful college baseball coach of all time with tonight’s victory, the 1,894th of his career. Garrido has won five national championships, three with Cal State Fullerton and two with the Longhorns. Garrido passed Gordie Gillespie, a lifer who spent 59 years at the top step with Division II and III schools (Lewis, Ripon, St. Francis). Garrido breezed past Gillespie with “only” 45 years of service.
This may just be because I look at this stuff a lot, but I think the digi-camo thing is getting a little out of control, however, even I have to admit that leg guard is nuts. And from an unexpected place, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen.
After further exploration: Evoshield is offering this same style in a few different colors and they’ve spread them out, giving certain colorways to certain retailers.
Here are the retailers that have these in stock:
I’m curious, how many of you are wearing or plan to wear digi-camo gear on the field this year? Think about cleats, hats, jerseys, guards, gloves, whatever.