No Ordinary Glove

Not all gloves are created equal.  Just ask Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan.

When Gutierrez took the field last week, something kept catching a bit of sunlight: the gold patch on his glove.

As a 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Guti receives a specially made glove featuring the Rawlings Gold Glove patch.

The patch may seem like a minor thing, but for those elite defenders who earn a Gold Glove during their career, it has special meaning.

“It is an accomplishment for me, something that I wanted to do for a long time,” said Gutierrez. “To obtain this prize, a glove that not everybody receives, that Rawlings sends with the gold mark for each player inspires me and makes me feel happy and makes me want to work more every day.”

Franklin Gutierrez cherishes his special Rawlings Gold Glove.

While the glove is special, Franklin hasn’t taken it out on the field during a game yet.

“Right now I’m using it during practices to get it used to the games,” continued Gutierrez.  “I continue to use the old glove with which I won the Gold Glove but when I feel the [new] glove is ready, I’ll use it.”

His current game glove, while still in use, has already been claimed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When Gutierrez feels that it is time to move on to a new game glove, the current glove, the one with which he won a Gold Glove and set an American League record with 816 (and counting) consecutive errorless chances, will go to Cooperstown, New York.

“That is an honor and it is something that I wasn’t expecting,” said Gutierrez.  “I’ll donate it with kindness knowing that it will have a special place in the Hall of Fame.”

Rawlings Gold Glove Patch

Brendan Ryan, currently having a Gold Glove-quality season, found out just how cherished and respected those Gold Glove patches are when he received one by mistake.

“[It was] not the best experience ever,” said Ryan.  “It was my first big league camp and I was one of the youngest guys there in St. Louis Spring Training. I thought I needed a bigger glove to be more of a utility guy and play some third base so I had a glove sent in. It had a gold patch on it like all the Gold Glovers are rewarded with and some of the Gold Glovers on that team didn’t take a liking to that and gave me a lot of trouble for that.”

While it would be tempting to keep such a special glove, Ryan did what any young player would do.

“I ended up having to send the glove back so we could get a regular red patch with Rawlings on that back there. I thought it was cool until I realized that guys actually earned those things and it’s actually really cool.”

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