Baseball Art Show 'Fast, For A Catcher' By Mike Jackson Debuts Tonight in Philly

Baseball Art Show 'Fast, For A Catcher' By Mike Jackson Debuts Tonight in Philly


If you're reading this, then you're probably among the group of people who would love to be at Citizens Bank Park later today for the Phillies home opener against the Kansas City Royals. But sometimes tickets just don't end up in your hands on game day and you find yourself in need of an alternative. If you're in the Philadelphia area this evening between 5:00-9:00 pm, you should absolutely check out the Philly-centric art opening titled, "Fast, For A Catcher" by local artist and friend of the Level Mike Jackson.

Long time Level readers will remember his work popping up sporadically over the years on the site. His Cliff Lee wearing an umbrella hat was a favorite.

We chatted with Mike yesterday about his show debuting this evening at Indy Hall in Old City and he was absolutely stoked to show off his more than 50 pieces of various sizes and detail, all about baseball. He told us there's a big Phillies influence, but also legendary players from days past in addition to a few ball players that only exist in his artwork.


If you can make it down tonight, there will be original baseball cards available featuring 19 of the portraits Mike did of some of his favorite players. You can also pull a "golden ticket" -- good for trading up for more of his original artwork.

And be sure to look for the Hunter Pence lighting a stogie on the field at Citizens Bank Park piece that was inspired by an Instagram photo I took.


And if you're worried about missing the Phils home opener, they'll have it on at the show throughout the speaker system.


Here are the vital deets:

Mike Jackson (Twitter, website)

Fast, For a Catcher

Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd Street

Mike Jackson’s love of baseball runs deep, and he has built an entire show around it. At 5:00 on Friday, April 5 – the same day as the Phillies’ home opener – Indy Hall will be opening its doors to showcase Mike Jackson’s visual appreciation for the American past time. The show will feature ink and watercolor drawings based on Mike’s own memories, and memories shared by others. It’s a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and quirks of baseball, and the life we make for ourselves around it. You’ll find drawings of some of your favorite teams and players – from Yogi Berra, Satchel Paige, and Andrew McCutchen, to your favorite Phillies, to the fans we encounter while watching the game. These drawings string the narrative that makes baseball remarkable on an individual level.

And Mike on the show:

“With Fast, for a Catcher, I want to show that even though we’re all watching the same game, each of us takes something deeply personal from it. The title of the show itself is one of my favorite back-handed compliments of all time, and I use it to describe my own drawings while I’m working on them. Great things (and not so great) have happened to me while watching or listening to a baseball game. I love baseball because of the life that I’ve shaped around it.” - Mike Jackson


Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.