Angels shortstop Gary DiSarcina has handled every one of his 4,015 major league chances through Sunday with the same piece of tattered leather. While most big leaguers go through at least one glove per season, DiSarcina has been strictly monogamous for nearly a decade.
Where'd you get that thing?
In the instructional league, in 1988, from Bob Clear, one of our instructors. My first year using it was '89.
What kind of glove is it?
A Mizuno JIC 6. It was discontinued, though. I'd quit if that glove got lost. I'd go home.
Superstitious about it?
I don't let anybody work on it or touch it unless I have to, and I only use it in games.
Do you coddle it in the off-season, slather it in neat's-foot oil, wrap a ball in it?
Nah. I throw it in my baseball bag. I don't want to see it in the off-season.
Ever smell the glove?
Never taken a whiff.
Why the attachment?
It's been with me since Day One. It feels good on my hand. It fits like a glove, man.