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Talking Leather

Aug. 15, 2005
Aug. 15, 2005

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Aug. 15, 2005

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Talking Leather

... with J.T. Snow, Omar Vizquel and Mike Matheny

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

GIANTS EDITION

This is an article from the Aug. 15, 2005 issue Original Layout

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