6 Aug 2013

Nike honors Baseball players Matt Kemp & Mike Trout with limited-edition gloves

Anyone else a baseball fan?! I thought so! I think talented people are getting harder to come by, regardless of the domain or industry of your choosing, this is why young talents currently drawing fans to baseball parks around the country are worth our attention and respect.

Mike Trout and Matt Kemp are the perfect example, both being celebrated outfielders who play in Southern California, runners-up in league MVP balloting the past two years and both wear no. 27 for their respective teams — the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thus, each player can now claim a Nike limited-edition baseball glove in honor of his achievements.

Mike Trout can brag with a player edition Nike Diamond Elite Pro II 6-Finger glove, built with high-grade kip leather – lighter and more tightly grained than conventional leather, for those hard days at the office – featuring reverse welting construction for increased comfort. This Nike glove is finished in black with red accenting; the traditional-fit glove is embroidered with Trout’s signature and finished with “30/30″ on the adjustable wrist strap – these numbers are meant to reveal the Jersey native’s breakout rookie season, in which he smashed 30 home runs and stole 30 bases.

The Matt Kemp model is actually a customized version of the Nike SHA|DO Elite J Post-Web glove, inspired by a Japanese style of play and handcrafted using kip leather. The SHA|DO Elite J is Nike’s lightest baseball glove yet; it’s designed to hold its shape and structure, featuring increased flexibility just like Trout’s glove. Kemp’s player edition is accented with Dodger Blue welting and lacing, of course, as well as the custom embroidered phrase “Mighty Fine” along the thumb — Kemp’s late grandfather Vernon Mukes used the phrase in response to Kemp’s spectacular plays.

Each player-edition glove has launched on Nike.com, while the inline version of the Nike SHA|DO Elite J Glove will be available later this year.