Baseball, Greg Ler, Greg Kreindler discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

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Each of whom has to have their own personality and has to kind of look a certain way whether there's somebody who's reading a newspaper or somebody who's smoking a cigar or something like that and they're all dressed differently. There's just there's a lot of visual information in there. There's a lot of stuff happening. I don't know if I don't know if I should say how long it took to do the painting, but it took a very long time and it nearly killed me and thankfully the guy who commissioned it is he's a friend. So he was very patient with me and really just loved watching it kind of come together, but it is out of my life and it's on his wall and that's all that matters. Well, I will link to those two images and to a lot of other coverage of your work and videos and your website at great crank later dot com. That's krt. You can also find Greg on Twitter at Greg ler, where he tweets a lot of images of his work, which makes it a great follow. And I'm glad and I'm sure many others are glad that you found your muse and that it happened to be baseball that we have all gotten to enjoy that. And I'm also grateful that I haven't received any PR emails about Greg kreindler, NFTs, which my inbox is overflowing. These days with NFT this and NFT that and I wish I could unsubscribe from all of them and all the future NFT related emails. So thank you for sparing me. At least that seems like an area that you have not delved into. Yeah, no, not really interested. I think it's great. It's just not really for me. I don't know if I even think it's great. The environment that's fixed. That's true. That is true. All right. Well, this has been a great pleasure to talk to you and learn a little bit about the process that produces these works and thank you very much for coming on in for your time today. Thank you, Ben. I really had a great time. Thanks so much for having me on. All right, that will do it for today, thanks as always for listening and thanks to Craig for his time. He sent me some high resolution images of the paintings that we talked about today. So check the show page if you want to appreciate them in all their glory. Last week, I had a conversation with Meg about learning to love a sport later in life, we talked about how daunting it is and questioned whether we could do it having grown up with baseball the way that we have. And when we discussed that, I invited listeners to write in with their stories of discovering a sport later in life, I don't mean on their deathbeds, I just mean not from birth the way that we are often inculcated into our sport of choice. Many of us hardly have a choice in the matter, or the choices to renounce a sport more so than it is to embrace it. It's just forced upon us and most of us are pretty happy to have it, but it can be tough to replicate that immersion that you get as a kid. But it can be done, and we received quite a few responses from people who told us their stories. So I think I'll read a smattering of those, I'll read a few today and read a few next time. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it. So this is a message from Patreon supporter Andrew, who says, I'm a late baseball converti from the UK. I got into it as I work often at night and wanted something sports based to listen to. And I got dragged in by the club's Cleveland World Series ESPN radio broadcasts. The main joy for me, which perhaps does partly come from being in the UK is that I had minimal prior knowledge of baseball beforehand other than some basic understanding of the rules. This means I get the satisfaction of learning and figuring out the subtleties of the sport all by myself and without the conventional wisdom handed down from parents, Friends, and or broadcasters that I've ingested about soccer and crickets since birth. For example, I never had to unlearn the value of betting average versus on base percentage. I just thought the objective is not to get out, so why would batting average carry more weight, so I get additional enjoyment in following baseball as a lack of preconceptions and historical cliches is fun. This may also just indicate I am weird and antisocial. You know, I don't think so Andrew, I understand that completely, and I hadn't thought of some of the advantages of flirting his sport this way. You don't have any misconceptions drilled into you before you can understand why they're wrong. All right, this question is from bohan, who says I write to you today to tell you a tale of how I got into baseball. I did not get into baseball late in life as I don't consider myself later into life yet, but I do think my story is rather unorthodox, and you might get a kick out of it. I love a baseball was born out of video games and math. For some context, I'm 26 about to turn 27. I reside in southern Ontario and I emigrated to Canada from China with my parents just about 20 years ago this November. As you can imagine, with my parents both being Chinese, I did not have any familial introduction to baseball, not one bit of it. We initially lived in Montreal in Canada, and so I was very much immersed in hockey culture. My first exposure to baseball was through torrenting PSP games to play on my handheld, which I cracked myself so that I could play downloaded rams. We did not have too much money and my parents were generally pretty against video games, so I couldn't ask them to buy me more games. I simply went online and downloaded them illegally. In middle school, I was looking for new PSP games to play when I noticed that MLB the show O 8 had really high ratings on PSP. I didn't know much about baseball at the time, but I did play FIFA and Madden already, so I knew that I enjoyed sports games, and so I decided to give MLB the show a try. I fell in love with it immediately, fascinated by pitcher batter matchups and how different pitches moved. In 2009, my family would get cable for the first time and I started being able to watch baseball on TV. I became obsessed with watching baseball putting on every.

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