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How to Break In a Baseball Glove

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Author's Note: How to Break In a Baseball Glove

Reading about the variety of suggested (or at least reported) break-in methods, I found myself wondering if some of these people were pulling my leg. I have a leather jacket that's two years old and still isn't as soft as I want, but you don't see me microwaving it (though since writing this, I've thought about it). The running-it-over-with-a-car thing in particular struck me as a joke -- what if, unbeknownst to you, you've got dead squirrel all over your right front tire? -- until I learned that this method was passed down through generations of my husband's kin. I've never seen any of them play baseball, though. And my husband says he never tried it. And none of the MLB players I read about mentioned this approach. So ... I'm thinking some long-dead baseball fan is having a good laugh.

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