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During the Season β6 elections the Sunbeams received the Move the Mounds Closer blessing and benefited from the Sharing Signs blessing the Boston Flowers received, which increased James' pitching from to .
On Season β7, Day 74, James' baserunning ability was siphoned by Baltimore Crabs lineup player Tillman Henderson in a game with Blooddrain weather, dropping it from ★★★½ to ★★½. During the Season β7 elections the Sunbeams received the Stickum blessing, which randomized James' defense from ★★★ to ★½ .
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
The so-called "Flames of James" are one of, if not the Sunbeams' greatest assets. While this is mostly metaphorical, a reference to the kind of luck that James brings to the field, he is also entirely wreathed in flames at all times.
Miguel James was a great pitcher back in the Moab days, but when the Hellmouth swallowed up everything, she momentarily lost hope—until he Stared Into the Sun. This did not blind James, but instead set her entirely aflame. With newfound confidence, swagger, and fire, Miguel James returned to the field—his confidence and charm unmatched, as is his passion.
Miguel James finds success thanks to her "forbidden second", in which everyone collectively blacks out during his pitch windup. Team officials have described James's pitching motion as "like cracking an egg with chopsticks".
James has one of the finest collections of (regrettably flammable) hats in the Immaterial Plane. A self-taught textile engineer, she learned the skill as part of his quest to find a fireproof hat. However, she still regularly hand-sews the Sunbeams logo onto his hat, as she has has not yet found a sufficiently fireproof applique and the logos keep burning off. During the offseason, he teaches fashion design courses at Hellmouth Community College.
Despite the Sunbeams being known for not having a large public presence, James has a respectable amount of clout in the fashion design world. She is known for frequently bringing up his status as a "pitching professional" in the midst of interviews about her career as a designer and for stating the game to have "majorly influenced" a majority of the revolutionary design elements he has brought to the headwear scene. When an interviewer with Vlogue Magazine asked James about the experience of being flipped Negative in the Season β22 elections, she enthusiastically responded with the following:
Have you ever seen the music video for "Take On Me"? Where he's like a drawing but he turns into a real dude? Being flipped negative is kind of like that. Or maybe not, I don't know, I've just been watching the music video for "Take On Me" on loop for the past like 3 days so it's sort of the only reference point I have. Hey, do you want to watch the music video for "Take On Me" with me?
Miguel James, Vlogue Magazine
His instaglam, as of the time of writing this article, has 9 followers.
Miguel James's Hat
Miguel James has a cool hat that she won't shut up about, no matter how often he is told how cool it is. This intense enthusiasm is a near-guaranteed topic in any lengthy discussion with James, who explains that "finding fashionable, ethically-sourced headgear that can withstand over 5000 degrees Kelvin is a tough ask!"
James is effusive in interviews about her hat, which supposedly took several years of globetrotting to find something which could withstand his flames while still being stylish. James encourages anyone "with plans to be on fire in the future" to shop at the , one of the retail outlets of the Siblings of Exposure.
Official Miguel James merchandise has been linked to collectors befalling fire-based misfortunes of various stripes. This has included spontaneous combustion, hallucinations of fire and smoke, and the Tug. The "curse" has not been observed in counterfeit merchandise, as all of it spontaneously combusts upon completion of manufacture.
This phenomenon has been observed in replica uniforms, "Flames of James Lighter Fluid And Commemorative 'Beverage' Flask"s, and Tlopps cards.
- One of James’s many hobbies is trying to do kickflips and failing. Oliver Mueller has offered to teach her, but he refuses every time.
- James has a large immediate family, all living in Hellmouth. Despite them all having the same last name and being active members of the community, it took until Season β10 for the rest of the team to work this out.
- If James signs any denomination of bill, that bill is now worth five dollars. James frequently attempts to use this to get out of sticky situations.
- The current total cost of items James has borrowed from Iggy Delacruz and then lost is 237 dollars and 70 cents. It is unknown what Delacruz intends to do with this endlessly growing tab.
- James, due to a misunderstanding of their name, once attempted to fight the entirety of the Chicago Firefighters in the parking lot of an IHOLP.
- Since the opening of the Hellmouth, James has thrown 13 cell phones (11 her own, 2 other), 2 shoes (both left), and a framed photo of himself into the mouth. It is unknown if this is the beginnings of an elaborate performance art piece, or poor impulse control.
- The Seven-Helleven sells a flavor of Slurpee named after James, called . The flavor is similar to Mango Chili Lime, with the special feature that, despite being frozen, it will always burn your tongue upon consumption.
- James is banned from most national parks, and is personally responsible for the popular slogan, "Only you can stop forest fires, Miguel James, you specifically, and you can do it by not visiting this park."
- James’s exact height is hard to record, due to the fluctuation of the flames, but it can be firmly placed in the "short king" range.
- James can pitch, and is so, so good at it, and everyone loves it when she does, and loves to watch the good pitching.
- James did not write the above trivia fact.
For more fanfiction see the 'Miguel James' tag on AO3
- power isn't pain by staradavid - When the Hellmouth opens, it’s far more painful for Zack Sanders than it is for Miguel James.
- iced tea doesn't go IN A MICROWAVE by Miguel
- Dear ILB... plz, a request for Nerd Pacheco to be unshelled by Olive
Iggy and Miguel inviting Zack on their shopping excursion
Miguel and Iggy, partners in crime.
Iggy & Miguel describe Nihilism
The "Flames of James"
THE GINGER ALE INCIDENT cast
Miguel with Iggy
“BEST hat maker in the Hellmouth”
Photos taken seconds before disaster
Miguel with Lars
“the pico has combusted...”
- Much of his collection predates her Adaptation into a humanoid fireball.
- Following this statement, James proceeded to sing the entirety of "Take On Me", stopping periodically to describe what was happening in the music video. The recap took roughly 10 minutes, after which he stated, "so yeah. It's exactly like that."
- James will often talk about her hat to the opposing batter while on the mound, pitching a game, to the fond exasperation of his teammates.
- "and even if you don't, because it never hurts to be prepared!"
- The Hellmouth Anti-Tourism Board encourages you to save time, shop online, and under no circumstances come to the Hellmouth to shop for hats.
- This does not appear to apply to fan-made or small-scale merchandise, which instead is said to emit a "comfy feeling, like sitting by a roaring fireplace."
- Keyword being attempts.