I think we can all agree that our gloves are our babies, we treat them preciously off the field so they are primed for performance on the field. We all have preferences, size web style, company.
I personally prefer Rawlings for my gloves. When i pitched [pre-injury] i wore a Heart of the Hide PRO200-4P 11.5 Oxblood glove. has the Modified trap-eze web for versatility sake. I thought about getting the 2 piece solid web but didn't like the thought of using it at third base, which was my secondary position at the time. Once i hurt my shoulder, i made the switch over to first base, bought a shitty easton glove that i'm not even going to dignify with a description. after two years with it I recentyl went to my local ball store and picked out an Itech glove. Itech, for those who don't know, is or was (they may have gone out of business) a hockey equipment compnay, so when i saw this glove i took it to the store manager and asked him about it. He said that three years ago Itech bought a patent for some gloves and made two lines of gloves, the one i got was the higher end model. it is called the Select series and the palm leather is equivalent to the HoH line of rawlings. it's a 12.5 inch single post glove in black and blonde. The back leather where the fingers go seems to be a bit lower quality but still a very nice glove.
As far as break in, i find that playing catch is the best way to break in a new glove, though for my first base glove i had them steam it in store to try and deepen the pocket. i also use small amounts of outdoor leather Dubbin. mainly for wear and tear protection, and to soften up the leather in strategic places for malleability.
My team is split about 50-50 Rawlings and Wilson, mostly HoH and A2k's with A2000's and some Pro preffered as well.
what do you guys use?? How do you take care of your baby?? do you have any weird Superstitions abotu your glove?? Let me know and post pics if you can.