Sabathia to Alonso to Barco vs Tinker to Evers to Chance

shortstop Tinker

I cannot recite much of Canterbury tales beyond April being the cruelest month, eventually, but somehow I can do this from memory:
These are cruelest of baseball words
Tinker to Evers to Chance
A trio of bearcubs yet fleeter than birds
Tinker to Evers to Chance
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfallon bubble
Tinker to Evers to Chance
Making a Giant hit into a double
Words that are laden (as in line 1) with nothing but trouble
Tinker to Evers to Chance

An Evers gold border registered by PSA–note the weird Cub logo, I once used on posters and t-shirts for Cubberley Sessions

Not sure what “gonfallon” is.
Could be “sad” not “cruel”, except when discussing or alluding to T.S. Elliot and Chaucer.
Gonfallon, I’m certain, is not a contrafact of Falun Gong.

I confuse Frank Chance with Hal Chase — one of them is from Los Gatos.

Pete Alonso his 26 homeruns before the All Star break, the best by a NL rookie; cf McGwire. The Dodgers hit eight home runs on oedipal day. Ten players hit 3 dingers in a game, tho I’ve only heard of six of them: Goldschmidt, Yelich, Turner of LA, Bryant, and Josh Bell, but I never noticed him until ASG. (And when did “ASG” become a TLA?)

Sabithia, according to today’s Times, is the 14th hurler with 250 wins and 3,000 K’s. Joining Johnson, Gibson, Jenkins, Perry, Seaver, Niekro, Sutton, Carlton, Blyleven, Ryan, Clemens, Maddux, Randy Johnson Big Unit — not Big Train — and he, in that order.

I wrote to the illustrator of the Times “First Half Scoreboard”:
From: mark weiss
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019, 10:49:47 AM PDT
Subject: sabithia to alonso to barco

I like the illustration on page B10 sports of today’s Times. The lighting in our living room was bad, so I had to magnify your name using my cellphone camera feature.

I am surprised that an Italian artist created a baseball illustration.

On your pages, I noticed your excellent Colin Kaepernick image, with fists for the fro. (Medusa meets Smith-Carlos).

Today’s news stream has an item about the American right wing targeting Kaepernick and darkening his skin for the sake of propaganda. In my (obscure) blog, Plastic Alto I may base a post on these two illustrations. (i.e, Yours, and the one used by the right wing).

For what it’s worth, the baseball information content that accompanies your drawing is well-done. Fro example, Sale, 17; Buehler, 16; Bieber, 15; Scherzer, 15, Verlander, 15.

Mark Weiss
Plastic Alto blog
Palo Alto, CA 94301

PS I create concerts, and sometimes commission illustrators for poster art. Have you done rock or jazz posters? (I see that you specialize in sports).

PPS See also “tinker to evers to chance” or don’t ever leave your tinkering to chance!!


Somebody named Edwin Jackson of Toronto broke a record for appearing with 14 teams, that he shared with — and I think I glossed this — with Octavio Dotel.

It’s artistic license but Alonso’s angle at the plate looks like he is hitting fungos to his third base coach.

(It also reminds me of the great folk-illustration I bought of Rivera at HighLine a few months ago). Will have to edita dat.

This is really meta- but I know have tags for six Colins: Bonini, Stretch, Dieden, McGregor — don’t recall who that is — Powell and the QB.

b/w A discussion of the posters art of San Francisco Mime Troup who are coming to Cubberley Amphitheatre next month.I have vintage posters I procured at last year’s show of Factwino the Opera by Spain ’84; Factwino Meets The ‘Moral Majority’ also by Spain which I thought was 1982 but I must have bought a reprint since it says “inkworks” in the dingbat/union badge; Factwino Versus Armageddonman.

and1: i’ve wandered into foul territory but yesterday for the cover I bought a Rick Griffith Lydia Pense 1969 album:

andand: This is apparently a Beach Boys tribute by Palo Alto by way of Baltimore artist Chey Woodward. I like the lettering:

E6: Hal Chase is from Los Gatos, Frank Chance Fresno; Chase went to Santa Clara but Chance went to Cal.

I could not find Davide Barco’s illustration in the online Times so I had to Swede it in from my hardcopy. Here is a detail of Alonso V Sabathia.

I like this pose for Alonso better, though it came after Barco’s deadline.

Not actual game footage; from HRD

This is not Alonso vs Sabathia source photo, but it made A1.

nola tango

The Kaepernick brouhaha was on Yahoo; the right wing used a photo to contrast the current President with this popular yet divisive sports figure turned activist; supposedly, the propagandists darkened the image to accentuate their racism and that of their followers. (Reminds that Time magazine did that to OJ — and they also altered Saddam Hussein’s mustache to look like German WWII villain chancellor).

kappy by barco

Tempts me to go out with a band from PA of similar name

Jim Horne of the Times Wordplay added this to our gonfalon flagpole:
Here’s what I imagine must happen to constructors a lot. They go through life counting letters, looking for that amazing coincidence that can spark an elegantly constructed grid. The vast majority of ideas don’t work out. By random chance, standard crosswords are 15 by 15 so that’s the magic number. One day, Ronald J. or Nancy J. notices that if you combine the name of one of the players from Baseball’s Sad Lexicon with his position, it comes to exactly 15 letters. Amazingly the same thing is true of the next player. Almost unbelievably, the trick also works for the third. Bingo, we have a theme. One more descriptive 15-letter answer and the rest is just fill. It must be quite satisfying when discoveries like that emerge.

c h a n c e f i r s t b a s e = 15
t i n k e r s h o r t s t o p = 15
e v e r s s e c o n d b a s e = 15

argh: ok, for exactitude here is some poetry stuff fro reals:
April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.’

And some modernized read bawdlerized Chaucer:
(please note there is also Landesman jazz version, I wrote of above)
‘When April the sweet showers fall

And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all

The veins are bathed in liquor of such power

As brings about the engendering of the flower ….’

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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