I was in Sarasota, FL last week sketching and painting landscapes that are a bit of a change from my local harbors, ocean and mountains. I went to my first base ball game ! What a change of scenery. I discovered I loved sketching baseball players in action.
It was a night time game, brights lights, big sky, and fat clouds blew over as a full moon rose. 7 fly balls tried to hit us where we sat behind 3rd base. I almost got hit by one ball but I ducked and my brother in law was happy to catch it.
Yankee #2 Derek Jeter paused for 3 seconds for this one. #13 Alex Rodriguez on the third baseline & Yankee #29 Francisco Servelli waiting for the pitch.
Yankee Alex Rodriguez did not hold this pose for me I remembered it. #27 of the Orioles paused before he pitched that ball.
My sketching got so fast and furious that I began to forget to write down their name and team number.
I loved the Yankee pitcher huddle on the mound my only "large mass" and it lasted for a long time- maybe a whole minute!
I saw many hand signals and body language that were intriguing... a special secret baseball code. In the end these guys - the best of them reminded me of ballet dancers and were gorgeous to watch in motion, especially when hitting the ball.