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February 5, 2014
Classifying Your Photos of Baseball Prospectus 2014
Many of you have bought Baseball Prospectus 2014, for which we’re very grateful. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the smaller (but still substantial!) subset of you who have not only bought the book, but also sent a picture of your purchase to BP’s official Twitter account. Having written the book, we know what it looks like, and we'll level with you: yours is not any better or worse than anyone else’s (unless you ask us to sign it, in which case you’ll have spoiled a perfectly clean title page). But it’s still nice to receive your reminders that we didn’t dream the darn thing.
Look at enough of these pictures, and you’ll notice that they fall into a number of easily identifiable categories. Here's an attempt at taxonomy.
The Basic Book Pic
Out of 20-plus entries in this category, only one distinguished itself (maybe unintentionally), by making it look like the book was delivered in the arms of an angel.
The Basic Book Pic Plus
This man means business. He highlights the annual.
The On the Road Pic
Brett Berry (@jetmet_bb) February 1, 2014
Let’s hope these people were parked.
The Artistic Arrangement Pic
Ryan Johnston (@TheRyanJohnston) February 2, 2014
There’s the one that advertises team loyalty and includes a chrysanthemum whose color matches the cover. Did this book buyer just happen to have a flower whose petals were the perfect shade of red? Did he have to go get one? It’s better not to know.
And then there’s the one with a bushel of baseballs accompanied by a piece of driftwood, or possibly a small gravestone, signed by the 1970-three-or-four A’s.
We know how easy it would have been for you to take a Basic Book Pic instead. Don't think we didn't notice the extra effort.
The Emotional Moment Pic
The Completist Pic
(Sean, if you need to free up some shelf space next year, I could probably talk someone into taking that extra copy of the ’96 annual. It's not like you need it. Probably time to de-clutter. Doubt the book is worth anything anyway. There were so many copies made.)
The Girlfriend Pic
The Anti-Girlfriend Pic
Jorge Lara (@JorgeLAra817) January 31, 2014
The Book-and-Beverage Pic
Or must he deaden his senses with something 7.5 percent alcohol, and try to forget?
Brian Oliver (@NFA_Brian) January 28, 2014
The Weird Juxtaposition Pic
But the weird juxtaposition doesn't have to be with a book:
— Andrew Morgan (@mrandrewmorgan) February 4, 2014
The Multiple-BP-Book Pic
The Triptych Pic
The Poor Planning Pic
— Rachel (@U2ultraviolet) January 29, 2014
The Kindle Pic
The Incorrect Orientation Pic
The only thing worse than a vertical video on Youtube is a horizontal picture of the annual, rotated by 90 degrees. We admire your marble countertop. We just didn’t need to see so much of it.
He reads Playboy for the articles, and BP for the pictures.
The Kid Pic
The Dachshund Pic
(Sorry you picked the Broncos in your Super Bowl pool. And thanks, to all of you, for buying the book and taking the time to share.)