"Zenovka steps into the batter's box..."

“It measures just 9 inches in circumference, weighs only about 5 ounces, and is made of cork wound with woolen yarn, covered with two layers of cowhide, and stitched by hand precisely 216 times.

“It travels 60 feet 6 inches from the pitcher’s mound to home – and it can cover that distance at nearly 100 miles an hour.  Along the way it can be made to twist, spin, curve, wobble, rise, or fall away.

“The bat is made of turned ash, less than 42 inches long, not more than 2-3/4 inches in diameter.  The batter has only a few thousandths of a second to decide to hit the ball.  And yet the men who fail seven times out of ten are considered the game’s greatest heroes.”

from Baseball by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Either you get baseball, or you don’t.  Either “Baseball is life,” as Annie Savoy says in the 1988 film Bull Durham, or it is confusing, slow, and boring.

So what has baseball to do with electric blue?  Once again, this week’s color had me scratching my head.  But several things came together.  A few weeks ago, GM Nikolaidis sent me Fluke’s new sports pose and prop sets, and I had been dying for an excuse to do the baseball poses.  Then earlier this week for BeStyle District Magazine, I blogged Sensuelle’s tintable bikini.  “Tintable???” says I.  Finally, it’s 4th of July weekend, which means the beach!  It was all coming together.

The bikini is great; you can read about it at BeStyle.  The poses are sold as a set of 9 poses among 6 sports.  The prop set (sold separately) includes equipment for the various sports.

So here’s to the three “B”s of summer: beaches, bikinis, and baseball!

"Back goes Granderson, away back to the wall... she's GONE!!!"

Bikini: Sensuelle “Ruby”; Poses and bat: Fluke “Sports poses” and “Sports props”; Shoes: Tomboy “sneakies”; Skin: Tuli “Claire”; Hair: Amacci “Electra”; Location: Bahia 66/71/21

“It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed, and the only one in which the defense has the ball.  It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.”

from Baseball by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns