Philadelphia Cespedes Wind First Base Pop

Game 87 // Eighth Inning, Philadelphia // Lost in the Wind

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


TOP OF THE EIGHTH: METS 5 (3) – 1 PHILLIES

 

Coming back from commercial break, the furry green Philly Phanatic is dancing atop the dugout with “Franklin The Dog” of the 76ers, with a baggy gelatinous midsection bouncing down to his ankles and back up to his chest, grabbing it, ruffling it, a man inside a suit handling and shaking the suit’s own ass and blue tail, the fans in front unsure when they’ll be permitted to stop smiling. Its long green snout juts out in front of two plastic eyes, with Continue reading “Game 87 // Eighth Inning, Philadelphia // Lost in the Wind”

Walk Off Home Run 9-8 Asdrubal

Game 83 // Eleventh Inning, New York // The Asdrubal Game

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH: METS 6 – (6) 8 PHILLIES

 

It was the week of nationwide baseball migrations, the late-September hour when contenders assemble in a neck-in-neck row, the losers into the last-gasp role of the spoiler, when the clinch flags fly and standings settle into their final arrangements, the first of the geese flocks soar in V-formations over the ballpark air, criss-crossing the flight paths of all airborne LaGuardia traffic. Continue reading “Game 83 // Eleventh Inning, New York // The Asdrubal Game”

Game 77 // Fourth Inning, S.F. // The San Francisco Bumgarners

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH: GIANTS 5 (0) – 4 METS

 

A beet-red moon hovers over the great bay in the distance, rising above bridges and changing into a Giants-baseball orange, and then finally yellow and white—far beyond the lit-up air of AT&T Park. The fans are into the tame middle-innings quiet, bundled up in the summertime coats that are the official attire for San Francisco baseball. On the mound for New York is Jacob deGrom, whose Continue reading “Game 77 // Fourth Inning, S.F. // The San Francisco Bumgarners”

Game 72 // Ninth Inning, Detroit // Death of a Metsfan

TOP OF THE NINTH: TIGERS 6 – 5 METS

 

The Detroit Tigers are wearing uniform tops with Tigres written in navy across the fronts, meaning one of three things: The equipment manager overlooked a run of typos; they’ve been bought out and renamed as a companion team by Tigres UANL, top-league fútbol team of Monterrey; or it’s some sort of Spanish-language night at Comerica Park and the translation has been deemed a plus for local promotions.

Safe to say the latter wins out there, though from a glance it’s not entirely clear. Continue reading “Game 72 // Ninth Inning, Detroit // Death of a Metsfan”

Game 44 // Ninth Inning, New York // Granderson at the Bat

 // Sketch contributor: Henry Gustavson

 

TOP OF THE NINTH: METS 5 – (1) 4 DODGERS

 

The ghosts of the 1986 Mets are alive and well tonight at Shea Stadium Citi Field, with a big home run from what looks to be Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden on the mound to close things out.

The digits 1 9 8 6 are printed in blue and orange on the infield grass, ahead of both dugouts, Continue reading “Game 44 // Ninth Inning, New York // Granderson at the Bat”

Mets 12 Run Inning

Game 22 // Third Inning, New York // Mets on Mets on Mets

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: METS 12 0 – 0 GIANTS

 

Don’t think I’ll have to eat my words if I say this was the biggest inning we’ll see this year. Without a doubt, it was—and the biggest in the Mets’ whole history. 12 runs. 12 runs!! A dozen Metropolitans storming home in an endless third inning, a full midnight-to-noon rotation spinning toward Mets o’clock, with the fans in Flushing unsure of Continue reading “Game 22 // Third Inning, New York // Mets on Mets on Mets”

Game 1 // Sixth Inning, Kansas City // “And they just keep moving the line!”

TOP OF THE SIXTH: 2-0 Royals

We start tonight in Kansas City at the Gold Chain Olympics, where Edinson Volquez goes for the strikeout and Yoenis Cespedes goes for base hit, both locked in the (clearly) more important contest of rocking the largest, weightiest, gaudiest, goldest chain on the baseball diamond. (Both end up falling a distant second place to Michael Johnson’s gold piece in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the king of the Gold Chain Athletic Pantheon)

This moment is key, as we’re in that middle-innings part of the game where Continue reading “Game 1 // Sixth Inning, Kansas City // “And they just keep moving the line!””