I was stuck for an idea. I’ve got a folder on my desktop called NotGraphs Stuff, with a bunch of half-finished/half-arsed ideas that may or may not end up being used now that NotGraphs is in the Baseball Internet Hospice, but nothing in that folder was really jumping out at me, wanting to be done. So I went for a drink in my neighbourhood. Had a couple of beers, then went to another place and had tacos and more beer. Then it struck me: do a post about this Mexico City neighbourhood and its incredibly-tenuous link to your Major League Baseball. So that’s what I did.
My neighbourhood has lots of streets named after American places. So I took some photos and played a game. A game that plays out in the following 33 minutes of audio.
I took photos of nearly all of the places mentioned in the audio. First there’s a map of my route, starting in the southwest. Every street corner marked on the map has a photo to go with it. There’s a couple I forgot to take photos of, so I screengrabbed images of those intersections from Google Street View.
Below is a photo in which you can just about see a silhouette of the knife sharpening guy mentioned in the audio
And if you started listening to the audio, realised you couldn’t be bothered to waste half an hour on it, and just wanna know the W-L records of the teams that played, here you go:
Chicago N 1-0
Chicago A 1-0
New York A 1-2
New York N 0-1
And, finally, here’s a link to Google Maps if you wanna have a closer look at the neighbourhood.
Craig Robinson is not a Child, a God, a Pilgrim, a Rock, the Forest, the Resurrection, the Cosmos, the Law, or Damo Suzuki. Nor is he trying to break your heart. He does have a Web site, though. It's called Flip Flop Flyin'.