Official League Records
In Season 5, Day 106, during a 23 inning playoff game against the Canada Moist Talkers, Lightner had 9 plate appearances, all strikeouts. SIBR has deemed this accomplishment a "Triple Golden Sombrero", a.k.a. "the 9-gallon bloodhat".
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The Jazz Hands often refer to Lightner as Stephens "The Collective" Lightner. Not a single Stephen but rather an eclectic heap of Stephens, these multiple entities share not just a name but also the exact same location in space and time, even across dimensions. This is often understood by unidimensional observers as Lightner "flickering" between different individual Stephens. Incomprehensible to the mortal mind, this state of being has been described by Lightner as "nifty." The Lightner Project was established to investigate when and how this occurred. Preliminary results indicate the superposition took place prior to Lightner's career as a Race Carl driver.
After a decades long career as an undefeated Race Carl driver, Lightner left racing to pursue glory in the greatest game of all—Blaseball. Despite their age, Lightner quickly found a spot in the Jazz Hands' lineup, and have been a core part of the team for over █████ years.
Lightner is known for their unusual bat, which is made from the drive shaft of the Carl they drove to a legendary victory in the Daytona 42069. When asked why they were allowed to use such an unusual bat, The Commissioner did not provide any comment, because they were too busy Doing a Great Job.
When asked in an interview about how they navigate identity labels, Lightner replied, "I don't, don't try it either, next question."
Many of the individual Stephens that make up Lightner's existence maintained relationships of varying sorts. After becoming Lightner, however, these relationships underwent various transformations, assuming they persisted; with effort, an individual Stephen can stabilize Lightner long enough to "pilot" a social interaction, but the effort involved is immense. As a result, Lightner expects any potential friend or partner to build a relationship of some sort with all of their constituent Stephens at once, as opposed to consistently interacting only with one Stephen.
After entering the Jazz Hands' Shadows, Lightner discovered that the instability of the Pit caused all of the different Stephens to spread out and no longer be restricted to the same physical location. This effect ceases when Lightner leaves the Pit. Free to explore the Pit in a large group, the different Stephens that compose Lightner founded a city named Stephens, Colorado within the Pit's expanse. Every citizen of Stephens, Colorado is a different Stephen from within the collective Lightner.
The Lightner Project
Stephen Manos is a certified counterbalance forklift operator composed entirely of left hands, except for one right hand. He is a fan of jangly elevator music, safety, and step-by-step instructions. Manos helps Lightner remain calm and follow their plans in high-pressure situations, and also helps with fielding. Manos served as the narrator for a training video commissioned by the Hellmouth Counterbalance Forklift Safety Support Board.
Interdimensional Rumor Mill
No other versions of Stephens Lightner have been observed. If you have information regarding a different version of Stephens Lightner, please add it here.
A clean version of Stephens Lightner's Jazz Hands ID, by @VoxiSour
A filtered version of Stephens Lightner's Jazz Hands ID, by @VoxiSour
A clean version of Stephens Lightner's ID portrait, by @VoxiSour
A filtered version of Stephens Lighter's ID portrait, by @VoxiSour