Here comes a fresh look at stadium design, via

In response to Nick’s complaint that all the new baseball stadiums look the same, I present Liz Hickok, an artist who works with Jello.

Behold her rendering of the ballpark in Scottsdale, AZ.


ball park in Scottsdale.

Baseball stadiums have survived a few trends. First there was the “cement donut” phase. Now there is the “retro” phase. Could the jello phase be next?Check out more of Liz Hickok’s art at

6 Responses to “The 21st century cure to ballpark design blues”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Wow, Nick, the middle name! You must be in full-throttle Papi-love mode. It’s okay, I spend a good half of the year in that mode. (And then, in the offseason, if ever my heart needs lifting, I just think of Ortiz. This usually makes me happier, but still a little wet-eyed, like a moving country song or an AT&T commercial.)

    Nevertheless, Manny’s numbers are just as awesome and deserve our attention as well. Plus, Manny missed some 24 games at the end of the season and has still come back like wildfire: in 18 plate appearances, he’s batting .500 with a .722 OBP, with 8 walks, 5 hits, five runs scored, 7 runs batted in, and 2 homers. His SLG is a cartoonish 1.100 and his OPS is a freaktastic 1.822. And he even had two amazing catches last night! Looks he wants to add another World Series MVP to his collection.

    But Nick…one quibble. How come you are willing to acknowledge that Ortiz since ’04 is a postseason deity, but you say that A-Rod’s suckage in the same period is just due to a “small sample size”??

  2. Why is he better in the post-season than anyone else of late?

    It’s simple, because he’s the full-time DH, and sits his ‘Big Pooper’ on the bench all season more than anyone else involved in the playoffs.

    He’s the most rested man in baseball! Why wouldn’t he do well in October? ;-)

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    Sarah, you will notice that I never said anything in my post about *why* David Ortiz is doing so well. I simply noted that he is doing really well, which is objectively true.

    If people had just noted that A-Rod was performing below expectations in the playoffs of late, I would have been fine with that. But it was when people began trying to suggest reasons *why* based on arguments about his mental state, that I had to object, because I just don’t think we have enough evidence to say either way.

    I mean, it’s vaguely possible that A-Rod could have some sort of playoffs-only mental block, despite his numerous clutch hits this past season, I don’t think two at-bats against Paul Byrd are enough to say that with any conclusiveness at all.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Nice, Kapur. Real nice little loophole you left for yourself there. Nonetheless, if you get to call Papi a god, I get to call A-Rod an ass-clown. It’s only fair.

  5. Nick Kapur says:

    It’s true. I won’t deny you that pleasure, because fair is fair.

  6. Jello design… doesn’t seem practical for many applications, but defiantly cool. Now if she could make chase stadium with working roof in jello I would be REALLY impressed!

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