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.