Axel Cardenas is a player in the Shadows for the Seattle Garages, and has been with the team since the Season 22 elections. Cardenas has played for the Mexico City Wild Wings and Chicago Firefighters.
Official League Record
During a Season 7, Day 105 playoff game against the Seattle Garages, Cardenas, along with four teammates, was hit by a pitch thrown by Jaylen Hotdogfingers. Cardenas became Unstable, greatly increasing chance of future incineration, until day 108.
During the Season 7 elections, Cardenas was traded to the Chicago Firefighters in exchange for Joshua Watson via the Champs in the Making blessing. Cardenas was promptly traded back to the Wild Wings in exchange for José Haley by the same blessing.
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Axel Cardenas is way too cool for blaseball. He considers joining blaseball one of his greatest regrets in his life, and actively makes an effort to not try in games, going so far as to bat one-handed with his right hand in his pocket. When asked about this, Axel simply says that trying in blaseball is "totally uncool," and refuses to elaborate any further.
How good Cardenas would be if he actually made an effort is unclear, but it should be noted that in the season 7 playoffs—in which it was rumored that he went so far as to actually hold the bat with both hands in several at-bats—Cardenas had one of the best batting averages on the team. In the main season, however, Cardenas is easily the worst batter on the team and has successfully managed to lower expectations to the point that whenever he manages to hit a home run it is a widely celebrated event among Wings fans.
Although Cardenas vehemently denies any feelings, including romantic ones, he has also stated that he is bisexual, and been spotted several times in The Local Diner with his presumed boyfriend and tire-rat gestalt intelligence Miguel Wheeler, sipping buffalo-flavored milkshakes. When asked about a photo where he can be seen blushing as a tire-rat slips into his milkshake, he responded by simply saying, "tch" and rolling his eyes. At that point, he stuck a cherry lollipop in his mouth, leaving on-scene reporters too enthralled to inquire further.
Cardenas wears a leather jacket over his uniform, arms not through the sleeves. He is always seen wearing sunglasses, both on and off the pitch. He has a seemingly endless supply of lollipops, and is rarely seen without one. Recently, Cardenas has also been spotted wearing a tire-shaped pendant in memoriam of his now-deceased teammate, Wheeler.
Cardenas bats one handed, with his right hand in the pocket of his skinny jeans. You will never, ever, be as cool as him.
It is speculated that Cardenas hits so many foul balls because of his foul attitude.
It is rumored that, during the Season 7 playoffs, Cardenas was occasionally seen using both hands to bat. There is no solid evidence to corroborate this belief, and Cardenas has vehemently denied it every time it has come up, but it should be noted that Cardenas's batting performance increased greatly during this time.
Training in Chicago
At the end of Season 7, Cardenas was traded to the Firefighters as a result of the blessing election results. During the short time that he spent in Chicago, his teammates noted that he seemed increasingly homesick, and that despite a genuine camaraderie with several members of the Firefighters, any genuine interest he seemed to have developed for blaseball during last season's playoffs had seemingly vanished entirely. While the true story of Cardenas's rapid return to the Wild Wings is unclear, it is reported that one day, without warning, he simply drove back to Mexico City on his own, forcing both the Wings and the Firefighters to scramble to make a deal around it.
Whether his actions were driven by homesickness or a distaste for being put in the first batting slot on the Firefighters' roster is entirely unclear, but former teammate José Haley, who managed to legitimize Cardenas's return home by announcing that he would trade himself for Cardenas's return, seemed somewhat unconcerned by his actions, simply saying that "He isn't quite ready to leave home, yet. Just give him a bit of time." Cardenas proceeded to play one of his best seasons so far on the Wild Wings in Season 8.