Weekend Project: TheTrap-Eze-ification of a Non-Trap-Eze Glove

Tim and I went to D.C. on Wednesday and, although we did not actually see a game, that was our game for the week.  No game this weekend.  So I needed a weekend project.

As can be seen in my entry from Wednesday, I have a black Rawlings Randy Johnson signature RBG10B glove.  (You can see me holding it in this picture).  I love Rawlings gloves.  They are one of the very few things in my life to which I am brand loyal.  But it hasn’t always been that way.  For a couple years in middle school and high school, I had a Spalding Dwight Gooden signature glove.  That was right at the beginning of Ken Griffey, Jr.’s career.  And with Griff’s help, I fell in love with the Rawlings Trap-Eze.

During my sophomore or junior year of high school — after a beautiful black Rawlings became my primary glove — I performed surgery on that Spalding.  I made it into a Trap-Eze.

This weekend, I decided to perform a similar glove surgery.  I decided to turn my Randy Johnson into a throw-back Mariners Trap-Eze.  Yes, I did hesitate in doing this because it is a Randy Johnson signature glove and he’s a future hall of famer.  But I figured who cares.  I want to maximize my enjoyment of the glove, and to do that, it needed to become a throw-back Mariners Trap-Eze.

Here we are at the beginning of the process:

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The top picture shows the glove intact.  Its a fine looking glove.  But its no Trap-Eze.  When I made my old Spalding into a Trap-Eze in high school, I just cut certain portions of the webbing out and laced the remaining portions together in a Trap-Ezesque fashion.  But I wanted to do this one in a more authentic manner.

I made a glove by hand a couple years ago and (as shown in the top picture) I still have a big roll of black leather.  I used the black leather to fashion a sixth finger for the webbing.  I eye-balled it and tried to get it the right size and shape.  I then punched holes in it for lacing.

As shown in the top picture, I used royal blue lacings like some of the Mariners did back in the day (or some (like Griff) had royal blue gloves).

In the bottom picture, you can see that I removed the original webbing.  I kept it incase I was to change the glove back to its normal state some day.  But I don’t foresee that.  I like it too much.

I use this for all of my glove lacing needs:

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That is actually a vein clamp.  My mom was a nurse and over the years, she got me several vein clamps — yes, used in surgery to clamp veins — to use for stringing gloves.  As a result, I was sorta the go-to guy for my baseball team when anyone needed a glove re-strung.   The vein clamp works great because it locks in place once clamped down.

The stringing of all gloves can be tricky if you’re not used to it.  The Trap-Eze is probably more confusing than any other glove because it has a lot more going on.  Lots of lacing all over the place.  But, the project turned out great.  I think the sixth finger turned out just right — or as close as I should expect to be able get it by hand and eye-ball.

Here are some before and after shots.  First, inside:

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And the outside:

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Finally, here is a shot showing some comparisons with a real Trap-Eze:

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No too shabby, eh?  Much better than my original Trap-Eze surgery, in my humble opinion.

By the way, while at the Rawlings outlet to get the blue lacings, I picked up a face mask for Tim’s batting helmet.  He’s recently managed to foul a ball or two off of his face (how does that work?), so I figured a mask would help him avoid injuries.

Here is a look at this helmet/mask in action from this afternoon:

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That is it for this weekend.  The Mariners are in Baltimore Tuesday through Thursday.  Tim and I will be there either Wednesday or Thursday.  Getting excited to see our M’s!

By the way, the M’s won today on Griff’s RBI double in the 8th — scoring Ichiro who had 3 hits on the day.  Excellent.

7 comments

  1. hartmanj@greenek12.org

    Great blog. I found your site through the snagging baseballs site. I have two young sons and enjoy going to games with them also. What really grabbed my attention was your rebuilding of your glove. I have now spent the afternoon researching glove repair. I have my original first basemans glove from when I was a kid. You have inspired me to try and relace it. Not sure why because it doesn’t fit anymore but looks like something fun to do. Plus I have a current glove that I would like to relace with some contrasting colored laces. Thanks for the inspiration. Also wanted to know about the bat making but couldn’t find anything.

  2. cookandsonbats

    Thanks for the comment. I love personalizing my gloves by switching out the laces. Rawlings sells replacement laces in a lot of colors. I’m sure you can get them online. If you’re even near Reading, PA, we have a Rawlings outlet where you can get lots of laces and awesome gloves. Good luck with your glove re-lacing projects. I’m sure your sons can use your 1B glove if its too small for you.
    As for bat info, see my website: http://www.cookandsonbats.com Feel free to email with any questions.
    -Todd

  3. hartmanj@greenek12.org

    Now you have created a monster. Just got back from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bought some new laces to relace my old first basemans glove. Also tried on every glove in the store. Ended up settling on a Rawlings Trap-eze or an identical Rawlings with a normal pocket. Told myself I was going to sleep on it before making a decision. Here I am 42 years old looking at new gloves. Thanks a lot. Lol. Love your bats website. Now I am going to get off here and attempt to resurrect my old glove. And to top it all off, you even have me considering replacing the laces on the glove I pick out tomorrow.

  4. cookandsonbats

    This isn’t a bad thing. The world needs more “glove surgery” monsters. And there is no reason a 42 year old can’t look at new gloves! You need a new glove so you can play catch with your kids. And, in case it wasn’t obvious, I vote you go with the Trap-Eze. One warning: if you decide to re-lace a Trap-Eze, study it hard and take pictures before un-lacing it! Good luck!

  5. hartmanj@greenek12.org

    After starting on the first basemans glove, I really don’t think I will be relacing the Trap-eze. I think I will have to leave it alone until I get a little more practice. I took some before pictures and when I get done, I will get some after pictures and you will have to tell me what you think.

  6. cookandsonbats

    Understood. The Trap-Eze can be intimidating. Take it slow and let me see what you come up with.

  7. Txbaseballfan

    Nicely done, Dr. Glove! I’m still using the same glove I had in high school, a Kevin McReynolds signature model, and as I type this, I can’t remember the brand. I think it’s a Wilson, but I could be wrong. I love that blue lacing, I might re-lace mine now that I’ve seen yours. Tim’s ready, sign him up now!
    Brian
    http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

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