It all started on August 30th, 2011. I was standing on the toilet, hanging a clock, but I slipped and fell hitting my head on the sink. When I came to, I had a vision! A Revelation! THIS:
Craig sitting in a high chair in a front of a fireplace, smoking a pipe (not really, the pipe is expelling bubbles) and the man is dressed in a Braves bathrobe thinking intently in front of Chess set with baseball players as figurines (Braves vs Nationals). Caption:
“Why do thee always vex me so?”
Ok, not quite that way, but similar enough in how the whole thing just popped into my head. As I recall, after reading Hardball Talk that day, I was brooding about the NL East standings with the Phillies and the Braves (in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a die-hard Phillies Phan!) At the time, the Braves-Phillies series was even at 6 games apiece. Craig Calcaterra often noted however, that always before or after the Braves would be facing the Washington Nationals and they always seemed to drop the ball playing against that particular team (in case you haven’t noticed, Craig Calcaterra is a die-hard Braves Fan). So I tried to imagine (in a humorous fashion of course!) what Craig would look like whenever he had to examine the vexing topic of the Braves playing the Washington Nationals.
I got enough creative and encouraging replies and the thing took on a life of its own. It started with describing pictures or situations. Soon it became short fiction, with elements repeating themselves and often referring to past events, a written comic strip if you will! Often good, but sometimes bad, for better or worse I decided to keep track of these in this blog for however long I write them up.
Craig is a veritable fountain of inspiration using general culture, mixing it up with baseball and plenty of dry-wit to great effect. You could say the whole thing is a tribute to being thoroughly entertained by Mr. Calcaterra’s musings and posts on Hardball Talk.
Here is the link to the original post on HBT that started the whole thing.