Fitzgerald Blackburn

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Fitzgerald Blackburn is a lineup player for the Houston Spies, and has been with the team since the Season 14 elections. Blackburn has previously played for the San Francisco Lovers.

Official League Record

Blackburn joined the ILB as a lineup player for the Houston Spies on Season 3, Day 76 after the incineration of Miki Santana.

On Season 7, Day 71, Blackburn swallowed a peanut and had a yummy reaction, boosting all of their star ratings.

During the Coffee Cup, Blackburn played for the Americano Water Works as a lineup player.

Blackburn was traded to the San Francisco Lovers in exchange for Yeong-Ho Garcia during the Season 13 elections via the Spies' Exchange will, becoming a pitcher in the process.

During the Season 14 elections, Blackburn retreated to the Spies' Shadows in exchange for Karato Bean as a result of the Spies' Exchange will, resulting in a combined 16.5 -> 17 stat increase.

During the Season 15 elections, Blackburn rejoined the Spies' active roster in exchange for Malik Romayne as a result of the Spies' Foreshadow will, becoming a lineup player in the process.

On Season 21, Day 72, Blackburn was expelled  Elsewhere... and gained the Negative modification as a result of Yeong-Ho Garcia's Undertaker modification.

COMMUNITY LORE

The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.

Box of Fitzgerald Blackburn Files

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Origins

The cloud of smoke left by Miki Santana's incineration refused to disperse, even after several minutes. Despite no apparent replacement for Santana, the umpires demanded that play continue. After the end of the inning, an industrial fan was used in an attempt to drive the smoke off the field; it continued to hold form, and rolled into the dugout. Later in the game, a Spies uniform filled with black smoke strode onto the field and hit a flyout.

Afterwards, the smoke was detained and questioned. By Spies tradition, the smoke-spirit was assigned a codename by rolling dice and consulting a lookup table: Fitzgerald Blackburn.

When asked why they retained form, they said: "I don't want to just disappear into the wind. I don't want to be forgotten. I want to be here. To experience the world."

Agency Work

Upon induction to the Spies, Blackburn was assigned espionage work, and proved naturally talented at both infiltration and emotional intelligence.

Blackburn's amorphous form makes it extremely good at sneaking into places; they can fit themselves into extremely small spaces for extended periods of time. For example, Blackburn reportedly once infiltrated an office by hiding inside a printer toner cartridge. They are also a master at air-vent escapes.

An exquisitely acute empathetic sense also makes Blackburn excellent at determining when someone is lying, though this also means that Blackburn has had to learn mental discipline so as not to burst into tears at the slightest provocation.

Blackburn is no longer allowed to blind people by blowing smoke into their eyes.

Blaseball Career

Debuting as an acceptably good batter, Blackburn slowly improved over the seasons, through peanuts, blessings, and updated gear designs. While not the leader or captain of the team (because Spies do not do leaders), Blackburn is a central backbone of their organization. Even through the disastrous Season 9 reverb, Blackburn remained a constant, doing their best to get everyone accustomed to their new roles.

Blackburn is now an exceptionally good batter who remained in that position for almost their entire career. Until Season 13, their equally exceptional pitching ability was kept highly classified, though Blackburn's unerring aim and strong arm when throwing balls back to the infield have long fed the speculation of the highly-observant.

Scattering and Trades

After reports from Blackburn and observations of Hotbox Sato about their experiences as smokespeople after being flooded off base, it was hypothesized that should Blackburn be swept away for an extended period of time, Scattering could be life-threatening.

After Theodore Holloway's death in season 13, Blackburn was inconsolable. Several days later, when Flooding crested again, Blackburn was swept away to Elsewhere. They remained missing for the rest of the season. It was speculated, and later confirmed, that they allowed themself to be pulled away by hopelessness and despair.

Between seasons, it was determined that the best way to deal with both Blackburn's physical and mental state was to provide them with an extended period of rest. A careful misfiling of paperwork sent Blackburn to the San Francisco Lovers as a pitcher. They quickly proved their brilliance on the field as a pitcher; batters report that Fitz's diffuse outline makes it exceptionally difficult to tell what kind of pitch they're throwing.

The next season, due to what may or may not have been intentional interference by Becker Solis, Fitzgerald Blackburn was sent to the Spies' Shadows. It has not been seen since.

Relations

Math Velazquez, being mathematics across all space and time, steadies Blackburn's perpetual anxiety about being forgotten. Velazquez's motivation for becoming a Blaseball player is also the same as Blackburn's, so their respective existential takes on life match. Son Scotch once told the press that "[Blackburn]'s totally in love and should really admit it to themself."

They may or may not have a queerplatonic relationship with Alexandria Rosales, being mutually supportive of each other's anxieties and traumas.

Blackburn's response to learning about Hotbox Sato's existence was curiosity about another individual made of smoke. A meeting was arranged. Blackburn entered the room where Sato was in diffuse form; a few minutes later Blackburn ran out, slammed the door behind them, and refused to describe what happened. Sato commented afterwards that Blackburn "needs to loosen up".

Speculation about Blackburn's position in the Lovers' polycule abounds, most of it centering around Knight Triumphant. For their part, Blackburn has remained completely silent when questioned.


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