A's utility infielder Bobby Crosby on Wednesday had to play third base with a three-year-old model of his 2009 "gamer" glove, which was stolen from his locker between the time he left U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night and arrived early the next afternoon.
He handled everything hit to the hot corner with aplomb Wednesday, but he'd still love to get his favored piece of leather back.
That seems unlikely. Crosby on Wednesday said ballpark security was going to review surveillance tapes recorded in the visitors' clubhouse, but before Thursday's game he still was very much in the dark on where the investigation stood.
"I haven't heard anything yet," Crosby said with a shrug. "It's still a mystery."
If the stolen glove is not recovered, Crosby will continue to use the one he put to work Wednesday -- it had been "retired" after last season -- until he's able to break in one of the new gloves he has back in the Bay Area.
"It takes me about a month or so to get it where I like it," he said. "It's not a huge deal, but comfort is important, and I was comfortable with [the stolen glove]."
Given the number of valuables players leave in their lockers, Crosby was at something of a loss as to why someone would swipe that particular piece of hardware -- and that piece only.
"It's weird that somebody comes in and steals a glove ... and only that glove," he said. "I can think of a handful of other things [more attractive] to take."
The clubhouse workers have gone to great lengths apologizing to Crosby over the theft, but he's repeatedly absolved them of any blame.
"I feel bad for them as well," Crosby said. "They feel miserable about it."
Crosby was back in a comfort zone of sorts for the finale of this four-game series against the White Sox. The glove that was taken is the one he uses to play third base, shortstop and second base. On Thursday, he started at first base.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.