Official League Record
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
Born Ruslan Fairfield, Ruslan Greatness was ironically given the name "Greatness" by his high school blaseball teammates on account of his poor play. A Pies scout, running behind and suffering from severe anxiety, failed to grasp the irony and signed Greatness on the spot.
Greatness's pitching weakness comes from his massively overdeveloped body. A towering 7 feet of strongman muscle, Greatness would otherwise be well-suited to being a formidable batter, but his bulging muscles impede his pitching. Greatness's teammates beg him to change positions, but he considers batting crass and uncouth. "No bat," says Greatness. "Only throw." Outside the game, Greatness can be found weightlifting and participating in strongman and powerlifting competitions.
Despite sandbagging the Pies early in his career, they were unable to get rid of him due to a poorly written contract. He has since proven himself by winning numerous clutch games, although it is unclear whether he is actually playing well or if the rest of the team is just stepping up to compensate for his lack of skill.
Greatness's nigh-impenetrable but unidentified Eastern European accent befuddles his fans. When asked, he claims to be from Conshohoken. Fans concerned about Greatness investigated this claim, and confirmed that Greatness was not only from Conshohoken, but that there were absolutely no medical conditions nor traumatic events that were the cause of Greatness' strange behavior.
Greatness lived with former Pies relief fielder Morrow Wilson in Powelton Village and sleeps on their couch. This is despite the fact that Wilson never invited Greatness to stay with them, and has in fact tried to kick him out many times. The shenanigans these two roommates get up to are the basis for the hit sitcom My Roomie Ruslan.
After Wilson was rescued from My Roomie Ruslan by the Houston Spies, Greatness moved in with teammate Lang Richardson. In an ironic reversal of roles, Richardson often gets Ruslan into comedic trouble that somehow ends up resolved with no harm to either party. The antics of the two comprise the various revivals of My Roomie Ruslan, which air on nearly every streaming service.
After doing poorly when a reverb required Greatness to pitch two games in a row in season 16, Management put their foot down and required Ruslan to move to the lineup. Despite this, Ruslan did not compromise his “No hit, only throw” principles. Instead Ruslan spends his plate appearances hurling his bat, or any other objects that happen to be around him at the incoming ball. Pies management also agreed to no longer refer to the lineup as “hitters”. Somehow this method not only worked, but allowed Ruslan to become one of the best “ball-away-from-platers” on the team.
Greatness is known for his love of birds, especially crows. He has many bird friends that roost near whatever teammate's apartment he is crashing at. Greatness treats the birds like his children and has given them names like Geoff, Jeff, Ruslan Junior, and Conshy the Black Fang. The birds in turn are affectionate with Greatness and like to huddle around him as he tells meandering, blatantly untrue anecdotes about his childhood.
During birds weather, Greatness draws upon the power of bird friendship to transform into Ruslan: King of the Birds. In this form Ruslan sprouts black wings and soars into skies above the Blaseball field, accompanied by a retinue of his avian compatriots. To witness the King of the Birds is to witness true majesty, and there's nary a dry eye in the stadium when Greatness takes flight