aahh kent. i'm a bit dissapointed that you had to ask, but i'm excited that i get the opportunity to share the importance of a new glove. and i'm happy that theres a new member to you're family. Let me first explain the effect these things have on people. (for those of you confused on where this came from, check out the comment on my previous post...the one with comments)
most of you know this story, but freshman year in college, im playing intramural softball, theres a hard ground ball hit to me, it takes a bad hop, hits me directly in the eye, i'm knocked out cold, i'm brought to the hospital....blah blah blah, i'm alright, but i never saw that glove again. someone took it, and its gone. unfortunately it was my brothers...and to this day he asks me where it is. he can't get over it.
getting a new baseball glove is like having a child...(except for the shopping for it part...don't we wish, right? haha) but shopping for it is important. we agonize over the color, size, what position its meant for...ahh the pressure! but when you see it you know it. you can't get it out of your mind. and then you do anything to have it.
now you've got it. you take it out before bedtime and stare at it. caress it. sleep with it. when its stiff and not cooperating, you take it out and break it in. just like a child. hahah. umm yeah sorry. anyways, needless to say, it becomes a part of you. if someone wants to borrow it, you have to have strict criteria. is he trustworthy...will he lose it....will he make the inside all sweaty...its all important.
some of you may not understand all this, but these things stay with you for a long time. i still have my glove from my little league days. that good ole mizuno. perfect second baseman glove, especially for a guy with small hands like me. but he would go out of his way for me. i often played outfield, and he still performed. wow.
i could go on, but i wont, because i'm in san diego and i go home today, and i have in 10 mins.
so, kent, I hope this strange..wierd...and kinda creepy blog answers you're question of how important it is to take care of a new glove. pretty soon its going to become a part of you, and you can never let it go....or maybe thats just me. :)