Talk to the glove!

Why do players bury their faces in their mitts, and who started this madness?

Updated: August 22, 2013, 1:47 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Once, there was a time in baseball when gloves were just gloves, and talk was just talk, and it was actually possible to employ one without the other.

So much for those days.

Now, in this neurotic age we live in, it's apparently no longer safe or feasible for anyone to carry on a conversation on a baseball field without placing a big old hunk of leather -- among other obstacles -- in front of his mouth.

It's a special language all its own. Everybody speaks ...

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