Behold, the new Wilson A2000 BBEL3GM, Evan Longoria “Game Spec” glove, available on BaseballExpress.com (go here, then search for Longoria Glove). Originally $219.99, BaseballExpress is taking $20 off ($199.99) as part of an Internet Special.
“You know what really grinds my gears?”
When I see a pro player using some really sweet glove or bat or cleats and then I can’t actually get the same thing for myself because it’s made custom for the bigshots but not for sale to us little guys…arrrrrgh! So frustrating!
Well in 2009 when I saw Longoria using the all-tan, single cross web glove but it wasn’t for sale anywhere, I sent an email to Wilson and let ‘em have it (actually not really, it was very polite and un-Peter Griffin).
And then in 2010 Wilson started selling the same model but in an entirely different color scheme, I posted this disappointing report (including my email to Wilson).
Then months later, I was made to think…Wilson…”just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this…AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!”
I got an email from Michael Markovich, head of Wilson ball gloves, who said he read my post here on MoreBaseball and explained a little of what happened behind the scenes.
Evan was a new athlete for us in our 2010 product offering, and at that time, the black and blonde gloves were getting great feedback from players at all levels – college, pro, high school, etc.
With Evan’s glove being a new pattern, it was a great opportunity to offer his exclusive game pattern that we worked on with him directly in the new color combination.
So, we charged forward into production (which is finalized in December of 2008 for release to the market in August of 2009).
There was one small problem – Evan didn’t like the color.
[He] loved that classic looking glove that we made for him with that color of leather that we had in our shop. It turns out, lots of other people did too.
And now in 2011 you can finally get the exact Wilson A2000 glove that Evan Longoria uses, right down to the boring cool old-school all-tan color.
Did you see him flash that leather in the Rays triple play on Tuesday night?!
And click here for a pic from that game’s gallery where you can see the glove.
And below, gratuitous photos of the Evan Longoria Wilson A2000 BBEL3GM glove from the DeMarini / Wilson store at the 2011 College World Series.
To see this glove at BaseballExpress, (click here, and then search for Longoria Glove