Baseball is formally again! With that comes an onslaught of latest gear. Everyone seems to be getting their new gloves, bats, spikes, and no matter else they want for the season. We have been capable of meet up with Phillies RHP Jon Duplantier, who has the most effective Nike glove line-ups we’ve seen shortly. Duplantier was a third spherical decide in 2016 out of Rice College who signed a contract with the Phillies group in January.
Dup let the creativity circulation this yr bringing to life 5 Nike SHADO Elite J’s with various levels of absurdity. Duplantier shot over some nice photos of his 4 players and his infield shag-piece for the yr earlier than answering some glove and common baseball questions for us.
Q: What was your motivation behind The Joker and Black Panther theme?
A: “The theme for the gloves was heroes and villains and I’m an enormous comedian impressed film man. There have been a few superheroes that have been in competition, however The Black Panther holds a particular place in my coronary heart being the primary superhero film that starred a person that I and others might see our cultural roots in. The very best film villains in my thoughts come from the Darkish Evening motion pictures, and Heath Ledgers Joker is iconic.”
Value noting – the white swoosh and crimson define is supposed to characterize The Joker’s smile and scars. Superb contact.
Q: When customizing gloves outdoors a set theme, is there any particular inscription you want so as to add to your gloves?
A: “I normally have some model of my identify on the thumb. My identify or nickname has been a staple for me. Just lately, I’ve fallen in love with the phrase “fac si facis” which suggests “do it in the event you’re going to do it”. For me it’s a continuing reminder to go together with all I’ve.”
Q: Do you do something particular to interrupt in your glove?
A: “Quaint catch play. If I might have it my method, I’d like them to remain slightly stiff, so I prefer to have a pair I rotate and let the others relaxation.”
Q: What’s the most important adjustment you’ve needed to make since being drafted?
A: “The largest adjustment has been understanding after I’m in coaching mode vs. compete mode. We go to work daily, so discovering the steadiness between engaged on one thing and simply getting the job executed has been large.”
Q: Largest piece of recommendation you’d give your youthful self?
A: “Spend quiet time with your self and study what it’s YOU want. There’s numerous noise, that in the event you’re not cautious will creep in and derail you from the mission.”
Q: Go to music or artist proper now?
A: “Go to songs lately have been Wins and Losses by Meek Mill and Come Collectively by Gary Clark Jr. All the time fireplace me up.”
Dup put collectively a really distinctive set of gloves for this yr. Going from refined with all black and white sew to as flashy as will be with a purple and inexperienced stunner. Tell us down beneath which one is your favourite and any questions you’d need included in our subsequent Speaking Gear publish!
Massive thanks to Jon for sending over his gear and taking a while to reply our questions! Ensure to provide Dup a follow on IG.