When the Brockton Rox, a semi-pro baseball team in Brockton, MA at one time, needed their baseball gloves re-laced, they called on me, Mike D'Errico of Middleboro MA. It's a craft I have honed for the past 28 years.
I've learned the make-up of a baseball glove, that's for sure, and every glove has a different pattern. It also has a unique way of lacing that holds it together. My job is to figure out how each one is done.
For most ballplayers, it's preferable to have a glove re-laced than to purchase and break-in a new one. A glove is molded to one's hand in a certain way, and becomes very unique to the ball player using it. I started re-lacing gloves in 1990 for many of my teammates on the Massasoit Community College baseball team, where I played shortstop for two years.
In 1995, my father, Mike D'Errico Sr., opened a "Play It Again Sports" sporting good store in Brockton MA, and I continued my passion there for 12 great years.
I make a point to return every glove to its customer not just repaired, but in better condition than it arrived. All the glove work is done at my shop, and I always say that "expertise has more to do with patience than knowledge."
I would say that 95 percent of the time, when the lacing breaks, the rest of the glove is in really good shape. Being a ballplayer since I was young, and being a shortstop for East Bridgewater High School, a shortstop on two legion teams, a shortstop at Massasoit C.C., and a shortstop in the Cranberry League I would know. While I don't play anymore, I am the Head Freshman Coach at Middleboro High School, and a Major League Manager for Middleboro Little League, and have had the honor of coaching, and teaching the game I love so much for the past 20 years. I use a Nokona glove that I have had since 1994. I tell all my customers that almost any leather glove can last for many years with good care, and most of them say they love their glove and don't want to part with it. So why should they have to?
Let me relace your glove! 100% satisfaction, guaranteed!!