Gustavson Jaso Art Baseball

Game 80 // Fourth Inning, Milwaukee // The Pirates, Pirates, Pirates

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


TOP OF THE FOURTH: PIRATES 6 (1) – 5 BREWERS

 

Before McCutchen, there was Sparrow. Before Bonds, Hook. Before Clemente and Stargell and Waner and Wagner, there was One-Eyed Willy, Redbeard, Billy Bones, Long John Silver. There was, before the very first pirate set foot beside the Allegheny River, the long marauding history of the buccaneers, the raiders, the corsairs, the filibusters, the freebooters, sailing the seven seas and beyond—the seasick and the treasure-crazed, lumped together in mussed-up crews from Sardinia to Barbados.

John Jaso holds sway over them all. The man, in nearly every way, is a pirate. Continue reading “Game 80 // Fourth Inning, Milwaukee // The Pirates, Pirates, Pirates”

Anthony Rizzo jersey sketch Cubs win

Game 66 // Seventh Inning, Milwaukee // Rizzo Clears the Bases

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: CUBS 6 (1) – 4 BREWERS

 

The mountains making up the seating decks at Miller Park huddle up with the deep blue of the Great Smokies at sunrise, a monochrome grouped in uniform for the away team—a militia of smiles, armed with beers, invading with cheers and the proud feat of a fanbase that travels better than any of the greats. Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta. Ferdinand Magellan. Cubs Nation, A.D. 2016.

They swarmed Anaheim and Phoenix, sieged St. Louis and stamped a bruise on the seats of Cincinnati. Whispers from city to city, This is the year, is it not?—on a mission from god, crusading ahead in big strides, careful not to wake up the jinx. Continue reading “Game 66 // Seventh Inning, Milwaukee // Rizzo Clears the Bases”

Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik

TOP OF THE FIFTH: BREWERS 1 – 1 4 PHILLIES

 

Time to show Philly (and Milwaukee—Milly?) some love, starting with the one man set to save the City of Brotherly Love from the sports blues, the heir apparent to William Penn, Rocky Balboa, and Chase Utley. Mr. Maikel Franco.

2 home runs today. 23 years old. All-Star appearance number 1 coming in Continue reading “Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik”