5 Baseball Must Haves
Jossi de la Torre
#5: ELBOW & SHIN GUARD
Most players of PGYFL are beginning to enter their 10th year of playing the game and have come to terms with the high probability of getting hit by a wild pitch. Players believe that an elbow guard is essential for preventing any long term injury to the arm. Not to mention, it allows the youth to feel like the pros.
MSN SPORTS/ TAMPA BAY RAYS
Like elbow guards, shin guards serve as a body amour by protecting players from lower fast pitches. You'd probably see a player wear both elbow and shin guard together but shin guards tend to be more prominent due to the higher likelihood of getting pegged on the leg by a ball than on the elbow.
SKIP MILOS/ TAMPA BAY RAYS
Elbow and shinguards are a must, they have to be together. Can't have one without the other.
JM Prospects Baseball
Due to baseball taking place outdoors, it is essential for players to be prepared for Florida's blinding sun. But of course it must be done in style. Our #4 pick focuses on the appeal of Oakley's. Players believe it is a way to see clearer, especially in outfield and a way to let other players know, "you know what your doing."
& PINE TAR
Although some may argue that a baseball bat could be shared, PGYFL players decided there's nothing like having their own bat, usually Marucci or Tucci with A LOT of pine tar. Pine tar is used to secure grip when batting and prevents the bat from slipping after hard swings. Robby Post of FTB FIGUEROA says, "I gotta have something sticky. I NEED my bat and pine tar."
NEW YORK YANKEES
Our #2 pick has made its way to be one of the most trendy items in current youth baseball. Players consider wrist bands necessary due to its emotional tie to the game. Each wrist band , usually conveying different messages, remind players of why they are driven to play the game. A person's name, health organization, religious quote, or a simple color are all commonly printed on the bands.
(L-R) "RIP CHRIS" &
"IN JESUS NAME"
Our #1 pick goes to the newly fashionable sleeve! Players wear a quarter sleeve on their throwing arm that is typically designed with a flag, flashy color, or unique print. Sleeves serve to provide a fast muscle recovery through the duration of a game and enables a player's blood flow to circulate quicker to the heart, which helps possible injuries to heal quicker (SLEEF). In many ways, sleeves are another way players can identify themselves to their homeland and roots.
NBC SPORTS, CHICAGO CUBS
Gotta have a sleeve and it has to be on the throwing arm.