Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, encourages fans to become obsessed with the game's lore, statistics, history and mythology. Craig Robinson, an English artist in Bellingham, Wash., has combined all those aspects in the wonderfully distracting FlipFlopFlyBall.com.
Robinson's collection of infographics based on whimsical bits of baseball trivia wouldn't look out of place in an art gallery. He maps the locations of spring training camps in Arizona and Florida, diagrams the dimensions of each Major League field, charts retired uniform numbers and envisions the statistical analysis of a fantasy baseball game between Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and the Wu Tang Clan.
"I happened to notice there were nine members of the Wu Tang Clan," Robinson explains in an email to Isthmus. "I kind of got to imagining them as a baseball team, so they needed an opponent. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon working out the defensive positions, batting order and play-by-play."
Even the banner image at the top of Robinson's site is worth a second look, its pixelated images representing noteworthy players and totems, with healthy representation from the Brewers.
"Robin Yount is in there because a) he was awesome, and b) I was looking for someone distinctive to draw at shortstop," writes Robinson. "The sausage race is there because I wanted something silly, and the sausage race seems to be the best at being silly."
And baseball is definitely the place for a sausage race.