Like the wide majority of MLB players, a new season for Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia equals an opportunity to both see and use the glove he designed over the past offseason. While most players simply edit the colorway, Pedroia broke out a new pattern to go with a novel colorway and the use of Wilson’s recently developed colored Super Skin.
We need some discussion on the Colorway – and here’s why
Dustin Pedroia has always created designs I absolutely love, whether it was his red/black glove from 2013, his dark brown/red/black model from 2015, or even his disputed black/gunmetal mitt from last season. However, his new glove is far worse looking than those dope designs and is honestly quite ugly in its own right.
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Dustin Pedroia’s glove for 2017 comprises of a saddle tan base (palm, back, web, and wrist), red Super Skin lining the back and thumb, and yellow gold welting, biding, and lacing. The stitching is red throughout the whole glove and the labels are a mixture or yellow gold backing and red ‘Wilson’ stitching.
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Although Pedroia has used both red and saddle tan (and combinations of the two) on prior gloves, this glove is far unlike those past models due to the presence of yellow gold. All saddle tan would actually look sick with red Super Skin, but the prominent existence of yellow gold gives this glove an ugly ketchup and mustard feel.
Did Pedroia steal a Pattern from another prominent Wilson user?
Ever since he made the switch from Easton to Wilson, Dustin Pedroia has been a major figure in Wilson’s lineup with his very own glove, the Wilson DP15. This 11.5” I-web model, which came as both an A2K and A2000 , is a Wilson top seller characterized by its tighter wrist and hand stalls (fittingly called “Pedroia Fit”). However, Dustin Pedroia is ditching his iconic pattern for one that is entirely different.
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Instead of sticking with his 11.5” I-web glove, Pedroia is going with an 11.75” Wilson A2000 EL3 (the model created and used by Tampa Bay Rays third basemen Evan Longoria) with a single post web. This transition is puzzling because the two patterns are complete opposites of each other – the DP15 has a shallow pocket design with a rounded pocket while the EL3 has a deep pocket with a flatter pocket.
The Pedroia/Super Skin Experiment did not work before – but is it working now?
Although Super Skin had already existed for a considerable amount of time before this situation, Dustin Pedroia first experimented with this synthetic material in 2015. Let us just say the experiment did not go so well for either party, as Pedroia swapped out the SS-backed glove for an all-leather model before the All Star Game.
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Despite the failed relationship between Pedroia and Super Skin, he is once again using this lighter/stronger material on his game glove for 2017. But instead of using the plain black variant of this synthetic, Pedroia is using the colorful red SS (Wilson also offers white and blue) on the back of his glove to complement the saddle tan and yellow gold colorway.
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If Pedroia hated Super Skin before, why would he go back to it? My best guess is that he wanted a lighter glove in 2015, but something did not click – whether it was the feel, the stiffness, or any factor. However, Pedroia seems to like the softer feel and improved durability of the red SS, as he has used the same glove you see above (with red Super Skin) in every game he has played this season.
Conclusion: It will be released, but will you buy it?
As they have done for the past 5+ years, Wilson is releasing the game glove of Dustin Pedroia as a stock glove on August 1. This new Dustin Pedroia game model is again the Wilson A2000 DP15, despite the labeling of Dustin Pedroia’s own glove as an EL3 (we confirmed that Pedroia’s mitt is an EL3). The stock version measures at 11.75”, has a single post web, features the same deep pocket that an EL3 has, and has the tighter wrist and hand stalls.
In addition, you get the same saddle tan, red, and mustard (um…. Yellow gold) colorway that Pedroia has, and that includes the Red Super Skin back that lowers the weight of the glove. You also get the excellent A2000 materials, including the strong Pro Stock steerhide leather and the other proponents that make a durable glove.
That begs the question: All things considered, would you actually buy the stock version of Dustin Pedroia’s glove for 2017?