It’s always good to visit the Sox. Sure, they’re our home team, but there is something unique about that locker room and club. It’s got a totally different vibe than any other clubhouse. Some clubhouses you can feel the egos massing in different parts of the locker room. Not at the Red Sox. There’s just a real good, positive, team-oriented feeling. I can’t really describe it. It’s just something you can feel.
First off, we caught up with Mark Wagner. I can’t say enough nice things about Mark. He’s been providing key insight on some new, yet to be released products for the 2010 season. Top secret stuff. He’s super smart, perhaps one of the nicest guys you could meet, and he’s got a cannon of an arm. I wish I could tell you more of what we discussed, but then it wouldn’t be top secret, now would it?
One thing we did pass on to Mark is our knuckle ball mitt (CM3000KM). He could have used it a few days ago when he was catching Charlie Zink… who reportedly has a nasty knuckle ball. Kevin Cash used our knuckle ball mitt to handle Wakefield last season… and whoever gets that job this season, will probably use it, too.
Varitek is all set. Boy are we glad to see him back at Boston. Talk about another great guy. Salt of the earth. We also ran some of the new products by him, and he’s a go on those. Just a few more final tweeks before they’re ready. We left him with our new Titanium face mask to try out.
Also, keep your eyes open on St. Patty’s Day… if they’re home this year, you’ll see a colorful, festive display behind the plate. We’ll leave it at that for now….
We’re working on a new design for Josh Bard’s MVP helmet (“hockey style helmet”). Allegedly, the design has the blessing of General Manager Theo Epstein. You should see that around opening day. It’s being painted by our airbrush artist at Voodoo.
George Kottaras scooped up our CM3000XSBT… our extra small 32″ mitt (which we originally delveoped for Bengie Molina). He’s got to have some quick hands to handle that small mitt!
Gary Tuck, the catching coordinator, can’t stop raving about our tiny training mitt. We sent him a dozen earlier this winter, and we left him another 5 today. Everyone who comes through his sessions leaves with a training mitt, just like a graduation present.
OK… that’s about all the time I have right now… got to catch that plane.