A look at the caps I wore during 2012.
http://flipflopflyin.com/g/2013/01/baseball-caps-of-2012/

A look at the caps I wore during 2012.

http://flipflopflyin.com/g/2013/01/baseball-caps-of-2012/

FanGraphs Audio

I spent an extremely pleasant portion of my afternoon today talking to Carson Cistulli for the FanGraphs Audio podcast. You can hear it by clicking the link that follows the colon:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/fangraphs-audio-craig-robinson-of-flip-flop-fly-ball/

2.25pm. Time for a celebratory cerveza whilst wearing Expos gear.

2.25pm. Time for a celebratory cerveza whilst wearing Expos gear.

Lou. Drawn using iPad app, Brushes.

Lou. Drawn using iPad app, Brushes.

The 2010 San Francisco Giants rotation.

The 2010 San Francisco Giants rotation.

Saraperos de Saltillo 12 Diablos Rojos 2

I’m certainly not a person that could be described as a poet. Not by a long shot. But in a recent email discussion with Ted and Eric from Pitchers & Poets, I mentioned that it might be an interesting experiment to see if one could do a report on a baseball game as a series of haikus.

So I tried at this evening’s Diablos Rojos game. I wrote the haikus after each half-inning. Apologies to real poets for stomping all over your art form in my clumpy boots.

Top 1st:

Raining and windy.

Two singles and a home run.

Saltillo three up.

Bottom 1st:

Fly ball and pop foul,

Tame ground ball to first.

Three up and three down.

Top 2nd:

Lightning, rain lashing.

The fans migrate to shelter;

The game continues.

First pitch long home run.

Walk, line drive to center field.

6-3, runner scores.

Base on balls again,

Two more and pitcher yanked.

Four run inning. Shit. 

Bottom 2nd:

Crowd still into it,

Despite being seven down.

Fat bald guy farted.

Two on and two out.

Ground out to short kills rally.

Beautiful lightning.

Top 3rd:

Home run. Pissing down. 

Why are they still playing ball?

Walks bases loaded.

Another walk: run.

A single scores two more runs.

This is getting ugly.

Bottom 3rd:

It’s twelve to nothing

Fly ball, ground out: this is shit

Double, F8, over.

Top 4th:

T-shirt. It is cold,

Feel unenthusiastic.

One, two, three inning

Bottom 4th:

Last year’s champions

Finally give up some runs:

A two-run homer.

Top 5th:

Groundskeepers: more dirt.

On the mound, around home plate

One, two, three, again.

Bottom 5th:

Only fifth inning

Cold and a little bit wet.

Cold beer doesn’t help.

Saltillo: teal uni,

Caps and jerseys with gray pants.

Looks kinda shitty.

E1 fielding and

Throwing: reached second base.

Runner left on base.

Top 6th:

Could be with friends,

Laughing and looking at girls,

Having fun indoors.

One, two, three again.

This reliever seems quite good;

I guess there is hope.

Bottom 6th:

Queen - We Will Rock You.

And Welcome to the Jungle,

And Gary Glitter.

Shakira and Stones.

Walk, K, hit, mound visit, K.

Rain stopped, need a piss.

Cold hands, warm penis.

Then a “Super Maxx” hot dog.

I washed my hands first. 

Top 7th:

Warm, tasty sausage.

(The hot dog, not my penis.)

Missed all top seventh.

Bottom 7th:

Mustard, tomatoes,

Plenty of jalapeños.

My breath is lovely.

Diablos losing,

It’s twelve to two. Eight hits each.

All those fucking walks…

Top 8th:

Smoked a cigarette,

And drank my fourth Corona.

Sarapero walked.

A long, foul fly ball:

Terrazas dived and caught it.

Hit wall and dropped ball.

Bottom 8th:

Idiot standing,

Blocking my view of the game,

Talking on his phone.

Both bat boys midgets.

There’s no reason to tell you,

But it is the truth.

Top 9th:

Saltillo grounders.

"Si se puede!" shout the fans,

Optimistic fans.

Bottom 9th:

First up hit by pitch.

It won’t happen, but hope lives.

It’s raining again.

Pop up, fielders choice.

Diablos down to last out:

Fly ball to center.

Post-game show:

Long walk to subway.

Had to jump over a fence;

The bridge gate was closed.

Apart from one car,

Couple fucking in back seat,

The street’s deserted.

On train, a man with

Little kitten in back pack.

The warm subway car.

Manny Ramirez and his brief time with the Rays
In an article on FanGraphs, Jonah Keri mentioned that Manny played for the Tampa Bay Rays for “about 10 minutes.” I figured it’d be easy enough to come up with a more accurate number, so spent a couple of hours watching his at-bats on the MLB.tv archives. And I cobbled together a chart.

Manny Ramirez and his brief time with the Rays

In an article on FanGraphs, Jonah Keri mentioned that Manny played for the Tampa Bay Rays for “about 10 minutes.” I figured it’d be easy enough to come up with a more accurate number, so spent a couple of hours watching his at-bats on the MLB.tv archives. And I cobbled together a chart.

I like the nice simplicity of a pitching rotation. I like knowing that in five days, pitcher X is going again. And after him, it’s pitcher Y, and pitcher Z. But, obviously, pitching rotations don’t stay neat and tidy. Off days, injuries, etc.; they all mess things up. And I wanted to do something that made it easy to see how the rotation changes slightly over the course of the months of the season. For no real solid reason, I chose to examine the 2010 Seattle Mariners, but there were several interesting things about that rotation, it has a bit of everything: one awesome reliable starter, injuries, a pitcher being traded, guys being called up. I guess if this season’s Phillies rotation turns out to be as dominant as they could be, it will be worth doing another chart like this. But for now, hope you enjoying looking at last season’s M’s.

I like the nice simplicity of a pitching rotation. I like knowing that in five days, pitcher X is going again. And after him, it’s pitcher Y, and pitcher Z. But, obviously, pitching rotations don’t stay neat and tidy. Off days, injuries, etc.; they all mess things up. And I wanted to do something that made it easy to see how the rotation changes slightly over the course of the months of the season. For no real solid reason, I chose to examine the 2010 Seattle Mariners, but there were several interesting things about that rotation, it has a bit of everything: one awesome reliable starter, injuries, a pitcher being traded, guys being called up. I guess if this season’s Phillies rotation turns out to be as dominant as they could be, it will be worth doing another chart like this. But for now, hope you enjoying looking at last season’s M’s.

"1846: A Hoboken Odyssey" (Drawn with iPad app, Brushes)

"1846: A Hoboken Odyssey" (Drawn with iPad app, Brushes)

New chart: Home openers.

New chart: Home openers.

One of my favourite pages in the book…

One of my favourite pages in the book…

Woo hoo. Advance reading copy of “Flip Flop Fly Ball” arrived today.
It is, by the way, published on July 5th. 
Pre-orderable here: http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flop-Fly-Ball-Infographic/dp/1608192695

Woo hoo. Advance reading copy of “Flip Flop Fly Ball” arrived today.

It is, by the way, published on July 5th. 

Pre-orderable here: http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flop-Fly-Ball-Infographic/dp/1608192695