Magazine article USA TODAY

Break out the New Leather

Magazine article USA TODAY

Break out the New Leather

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For the basketball nut in your family, this month can only mean one thing--March Madness and the annual NCAA Tournament to crown the national champion. While college hoops may be drawing to a close, America's favorite sport--the national pastime, no less--is just beginning to work out the winter kinks. For baseball fans, March means spring training and the beginning of another glorious season of trips to the ballpark to see the big boys play. But let's not forget about those frequent visits to the local park or schoolyard to see the little guys give it their best as well. Pro or amateur, big league or Little League, the baseball landscape is different this year thanks to the Infielders Funnel Glove from Akadema, Garfield, N.J.

(By the way, Akadema plays a big part in the upcoming remake of the "Bad New Bears," with the Academy Award-winning Billie Bob Thornton reprising Walter Matthau's original managerial role.)

The design of the Funnel is like no other--no surprise there, as former Gold Glove shortstop Ozzie Smith is the company's chief advisor--with patent-pending FleXion slits in the thumb and pinky fingers, enabling the glove to remain open in its natural state. …

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