A love of baseball plus a love of visual representations equals Flip Flop Fly Ball.
Essentially, this site is what I'd have been doing when I was 12 years old had the Internet and Photoshop been available to me in the eighties. And had I grown up in the States. As it was, I grew up in England. And I came to baseball in my thirties whilst on a business trip to New York. I went to see the Yankees play the Twins. And that was it, really.
Returning to Europe after that trip, I subscribed to MLB.tv, and stayed up late watching games. I got the books out (well, actually I opened a web browser) and started studying. The more I watched and learned, the more I wanted to watch and learn. But my memory isn't so great, so I made a couple of charts to help myself remember the teams in each division, their former names or cities; stuff like that. And each morsel of baseball knowledge prompted more questions. And more charts, until eventually I had bored the crap out of my regular blog readers with baseball talk, so I decided to make this site with its rather awkward name that's just a pun on the name of my main arty site, Flip Flop Flyin'.
My name is Craig Robinson. Not the guy in Hot Tub Time Machine. Not President Obama's brother-in-law. And not the short stop who played for the Braves, Giants, and Phillies in the 1970s, either. I am a bearded, myopic, Englishman who (for the time being, at least) lives in Mexico City.
Any comments, please don't hesitate to email me: craig AT flipflopflyin DOT com.
As well as the aforementioned Flip Flop Flyin', I blog at Flip Flop Flying.
I, of course, use Twitter.
I also keep a Tumblr site which I confusingly decided should be called Flip Flop Fly Ballin'. It's a place where I squirrel away nice baseball pictures that I come across on the Internet.
This is me:
And if you wanna know what my voice is like, to see if I'm really English, you can listen to me mumble about stuff on a couple of Pitchers & Poets podcasts:
Podcast 14 (June 10, 2010)
Podcast 22 (September 9, 2010)
While we're on the topic of ME, here's a nice article that D.E. Wilson wrote on ESPN.com.
If you are wondering what's going on in the masthead at the top of this and every page of the site, here's a legend:
1. Corn field: Obviously, it's a "Field of Dreams" reference.
2. Rocky Mountains: I've yet to see a more beautiful backdrop for a baseball game than the view you get at Coors Field.
3. 1919 Chicago White Sox: The "Eight Men Out."
4. Wrigley Field ivy-covered outfield wall: I didn't draw the adverts for Under Armour because they're not paying me $2 million a season to do so. Should they want to change this, I'm welcome to offers.
5. George Brett: Shits his pants "twice a year."
6. Schaefer beer sign and Bulova clock: Signage from above the scoreboard at Ebbets Field.
7. Ted Williams: Even here he's not tipping his cap.
8. Robin Yount: The kind of surname that one could spend ten minutes trying to persuade someone that it IS a word during a Scrabble game.
9. NL and AL standings flags: Standings (mostly) correct on the day I drew them, 31 May 2009. (I messed up and put San Francisco and San Diego the wrong way around, but can't be bothered to re-do the animation.)
10. Fenway Park scoreboard: Full of even more references. the abbreviations for teams represent the New York Knights (from "The Natural") and Mudville (from "Casey at the Bat"). Pitchers are Randy Johnson (see No.12) and Warren Spahn. Honus Wagner is at bat.
11. Willie Mays: Caught a ball once.
12. Randy Johnson: For services to avicide.
13. Old Yankee Stadium batter's eye: Just a bunch of painted-black bleachers.
14. Kauffman Stadium floodlights: My favourite stadium that I've not yet visited.
15. Home Run Apple: The big apple that came out of a hat after a Mets home run at Shea Stadium.
16. Jackie Robinson: We don't need to write anything here, do we?
17. Dodger Stadium scoreboard: No idea what the name of that shape is. Kind of a hexagonal lozenge or something. Very beautiful, though.
18. George Herman "Babe" Ruth: Built a stadium. With his own bare hands.
19. Sadaharu Oh: The Beastie Boys got more hits than him.
20. Durham Bull sign: Not the one seen in "Bull Durham," but the one actually used at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
21. Sausage Race: A race between five mascots in the middle of the sixth inning at Milwaukee Brewers home games. Left to right: a chorizo, hot dog, Italian sausage, Polish sausage, and a bratwurst.