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Baseball art painting of a batter, umpire and catcher at home plate colored in black and white created by sports artist John Robertson

MLB Opening Day 2018 Baseball Painting

Opening Day Major League Baseball (MLB)

The new year is not in January it is the MLB opening day in spring bringing all the cheers of a great baseball year.  It should be a national holiday, this year it is March 29 when  five hundred red, white and blue balloons are released over every baseball stadium in the country.  White doves should be released by the hundreds.  The blue Angels should be flying over the stadiums as fireworks explode in the sky.  For this is to be the first day we get to see the potential fairy tail team that will go on to win the Sports artist John Robertson baseball art painting of a batter at home plate with the catvcher and umpire behind the home plate.World Series – or it will be our first sight of a future Hall of Famer.  Every player is nervous with either butterflies in their stomach or a monkey on their back.  It all depends on how their last season ended.  But it is a special day, a birthday for everyone.  Something, somewhere in some stadium something great will happen.

It is a new day with a game opening in a fifty degree refrigerator of a stadium or another stadium opening in a sunny surfing climate of 80 degrees .  Will you be there to see it?  Will you see the first pitch, the first throwing of the hotdog or bag of peanuts?  Are we going to see an opening day shutout?  A no-hitter?  Only happened once. A walk-off home run?  Why not?  It is the ceremonial beginning of spring.

Me?  What will I do?  I will probably create a new baseball painting – something that will remind me of that opening day in late March.  That is what painting is for me – a way of recalling a day or experiencing it again through the act of painting.  It is a part of life that    I can’t let go but need to remind myself of the joys of spring.  Opening day does that for me.  The new year is not in January it is the opening day of spring bringing all the hopes of a great year.

The baseball painting by sports artist John Robertson is 60 inches by 72 inches, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Baseball art painting of catcher Ramon Hernandez swuatting behind home plate with his catcher's hand extended out to catch the baseball

Baseball Art Catcher Ramon Hernandez

Baseball ArtBaseball art painting of catcher Ramon Hernandez swuatting behind home plate with his catcher's hand extended out to catch the baseball

Baseball art painting of Ramon Hernandez is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas

As someone once said, “A catcher is a backstop with a good art.”  And Ramon Hernandez was a great catcher with a good arm and got in front of everything.   (and can play first base)   He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Oakland Athletics (1999–2003), San Diego Padres (2004–2005), Baltimore Orioles (2006–2008), Cincinnati Reds (2009–2011), Colorado Rockies (2012) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2013).

Playing Catcher

He has an interesting position to play catchers are the defensive leader on the field. They call the pitches and can position players on the field and have a pragmatic view of baseball. The great pitcher Bob Feller said, “If you believe your catcher is intelligent and you know that he has considerable experience, it is a good thing to leave the game almost entirely in his hands.”

A good catcher will have psychological insight and have a list of behaviors for each player approaching the batting box. His eyes are continuing to move across the field of play and his mind running the different offensive scenarios in his head. All of this going on with a baseball bat menacingly inches from his head.

Catcher Bill Dickey

Bill Dickey  a baseball catcher and manage of the Yankees once said about being a catcher,  “.A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.”   He played catcher in the Major League for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons. Dickey managed the Yankees after retiring from his playing career.

Catcher in the Rye

And, of course we must have a quote from the most that famous catcher who hangs out in the Rye, ” Holden Caulfield, ” “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

― Quote from, J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Catcher, A.J. Ellis

When Clayton Kershaw threw the no hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers this is whatA. J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw’s catcher said.  “There’s nobody even close. It’s nights like this that help remind everybody that this guy is a special, once-in-a-generation guy. I’m blown away and blessed that I’ve been asked to catch him during this amazing run he’s on.”

Image of Catcher A.J. Ellis who plays catcher for the LA Dodgers.  The  art painting is 48″ x 48″ ink on paper attached to canvas.

Baseball art image of catcher

Baseball, painting art Catcher and Base runner painting by sports artist John Robertson.  Baseball art player image is approximately 8″ by 10″ on a oil on a 11′ x 14″ piece of drafting film.
Sports art painting by John Robertson of a baseball player trying to score – which he does by the fact the catcher gets a high throw.