Talking Leather

... with J.T. Snow, Omar Vizquel and Mike Matheny
August 14, 2005

GIANTS EDITION

J.T. SNOW, First Baseman
The six-time Gold Glover has had the same glove since 2000--"pretty amazing," says Mike Matheny. "I have it restrung every year, and I've had parts replaced," says Snow. "But it's the same glove, and I use it every game. I just like the feel of it. I believe the leather was better quality then than it is now. I don't put anything on my glove, except that I spit in it. And when we travel, I put a rubber football in itso it won't get smashed when they throw the luggage around. I've used this model, a Wilson 2802, since I was in college [Arizona]. Wilson had given some gloves to the school and it was free."

OMAR VIZQUEL, Shortstop
"I've had my glove for two years," says the nine-time Gold Glove winner. "I treat it with just a little bit of oil. Not too much because I don't want it to be too soft. I use it every single game, and I have other gloves for practice. I've been using this model--the Rawlings SXSC--for 13 years. It just felt comfortable from the start. It's a glove I can control. My glove is my most valuable possession, but I make a lot of bare-handed plays, so I'd like to go out there without a glove once. I'd like that challenge. But I don't think I'd like taking the catcher's throws at second bare-handed."

MIKE MATHENY, Catcher
"I don't want anyone else using it or even wearing it," says the man who has won three Gold Gloves. "Teammates mess with me. Woody Williams [in St. Louis] would pretend he was wearing it, then turn around so I could see he wasn't. I get a new one [a Rawlings SCM41JB] each spring, and I go through two or three a season. I treat it every day with shaving cream and aloe to keep it soft. Whenever I'm not using it I put two baseballs in it and wrap it in tape so it'll keep its shape. I use my game glove in practice. The only time I've gotten through an entire season with one glove was 2003."

COLOR PHOTODONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES (SNOW) COLOR PHOTOJED JACOBSOHN/GETTY IMAGES (VIZQUEL) COLOR PHOTOJOHN CORDES/ICON SMI (MATHENY) COLOR ILLUSTRATION GIANTS EDITION
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)