York Silk

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York Silk is a lineup player for the Seattle Garages, and has been with the team since the Season 16 elections. Silk has played for the Hawai'i Fridays, THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS, Baltimore Crabs, and Canada Moist Talkers.

Official League Records

Discipline Era

Silk joined the ILB as a lineup player for the Hawai'i Fridays on Season 2, Day 74 after the incineration of Jessi Wise.

During the Season 2 elections, Silk gained the Gunblade Bat as a result of the Gunblade Bat blessing.

Silk finished Season 3 with the 3rd highest batting average in the league (0.374), 2nd highest hits (147), 2nd most home runs (31), 2nd highest OBP (0.422), 2nd highest RBI (86), 8th highest slugging percentage (0.634), tied with Elijah Valenzuela for third in stolen bases (10), and 2nd most runs scored (89).

Silk had a career year in Season 4, finishing the season #1 in BA (0.363), #4 in doubles (22), #1 hits (139), #1 home runs (45), #2 OBP (0.408), #3 in runs (79), #1 RBI (100), and #2 slugging (0.783).

During the Season 5 elections, Silk's batting and baserunning fell as a part of the Charleston Shoe Thieves' Bad Neighbors blessing.

During the Season 7 elections, Silk gained the Super Idol modification as a result of the Center of Attention blessing.

After Day 99 of Season 8, Silk was  SHELLED.

On Season 9, Day X, Silk was conscripted to THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS as a lineup player. Following the dispersal of the PODS during the Season 10 elections, Silk joined the Canada Moist Talkers.

Coffee Cup

During the Coffee Cup, Silk played for Royal PoS as a lineup player.

Expansion Era

On Season 14, Day 87, Silk was incinerated and replaced by Lucien Patchwork.

During the Season 14 elections, Silk was Plundered by the Baltimore Crabs, sending Enid Marlow to the Shadows and returning to the lineup in the process. This marks Silk as the fifth player to return from the Hall of Flame.

On Season 15, Day 51, Silk tasted the infinite and  SHELLED Garages player Oliver Loofah.

Silk was traded to the Canada Moist Talkers in exchange for Fish Summer during the Season 15 elections via the Moist Talkers' Plunder will.

Silk was traded to the Seattle Garages in exchange for Carmelo Plums during the Season 16 elections via the Garages' Plunder will.

After Day 99 of Season 17, Silk was Preserved.

Records

Silk currently holds the ILB record for home runs in a season, with 45 (Season 4).


COMMUNITY LORE

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

History

Background

Silk is an eight year old child and hit his first home run at two years old. Silk's strong performance on the field and off the field performance allowed him to negotiate a strong rider for the Fridays ensuring the dugout keeps an ample supply of Capri Sun and Sunny D at all times.

Silk's Gunblade Bat is formally recognised as The Vibe Check, a title Silk gave the gunblade himself, and is quite proud of. The team saved up all of their arcade tickets to get him the blessing for his birthday.

Silk joined the team on their 8th birthday and since then, every 74th day of each season of Blaseball, the team and fans celebrate Silk turning 8—never older.

When not at bat, Silk is the Fridays' batboy.

Sponsorships

Silk is currently backed by many different sponsors which are represented by the jibbitz on his famous Crocs: Slunny D, Clapri Sun, Hawai'ian Plunch (which everyone agreed was a little on the nose), Plower Wheels, Plogs, Razor Sclooters, Hleelies, PBS (the Plublic Blaseballcasting Slervice), and The King Arthur Baking Company.

His PBS sponsorship mandates that he finishes all his interviews with thanking "vliewers like you."

He has been offered many car sponsorships but when he tries to accept them people remind him that because he is 8 he can't even drive. He responds to this with "I can drive this ball out of this field!" and proceeds to hit a homerun.

Shelling Controversy

After season 7, Silk was almost caught above the Ominous Red Line that had in prior seasons shelled his stepmother Nagomi Mcdaniel and friend Jessica Telephone. Although the Snackrifice helped move Silk closer to the bottom of the list, up until the last few hours, he was caught in a maelstrom with Jessica Telephone and PolkaDot Patterson. Silk attempted to fight the Peanut with the Vibe Check to help the other two escape, but with another selfless sacrifice, Patterson stepped in the way at the last moment and took the shelling before Silk was hit. The outcome of this, as well as the departure of long time teammates Elijah Valenzuela and Karato Bean had an obvious impact on Silk's Season 8 mood and performance, marking the first season in which he posted his first sub 0.300 batting average (0.297) and lowest full-season home run in his career (26).

At the end of Season 8, Silk was again caught above the Ominous Red Line but was not able to escape shelling. Through the shell, reporters were able to gather that he was still safe and that he had his Glameboy with him. He refused further comment after declaring that he was working on his Plokemon speed run.

Taken by The Shelled One

When York Silk was shelled at the end of Season 8, he was disconnected from the magical time-warping powers of Our Lady of Perpetual Friday, which both keeps the islands in eternal Friday and kept Silk at the age of 8. When he emerged from his shell to play for THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS, his former teammates—and most importantly, his mom—were shocked to see that the little boy they had known was gone, though some witnesses swore that his smile was the same as ever.

The shock of this revelation was temporarily delayed by the attack of THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS. Once they had processed the events of Season 9, Day X, Silk's former teammates came to regard the tragedy of his stolen childhood as another injustice dealt by the Shelled One. The Fridays have not celebrated York Silk's game 74 birthday since Season 9.

When she was finally able to be reached for comment, York Silk's mom simply said, "He will always be my little boy, whether he’s 8 or 88."

Joining the Moist Talkers

After being released from the Shelled One’s Pods, Silk fell to Sunken Halifax. Eye witnesses reported that during his descent he was caught midair by a 4th dimension hand believed to be from Polkadot Patterson. These accounts have not been verified as it is hazardous to look upon 4th dimensional constructs for an extended period.

Due to Silk's rapid growth after being unshelled as well as consent from his Mother he was approved to reside in the Gleek Arena dormitories until he felt he was acclimated. During this period Silk established a close friendship with teammates Jesús Koch and Commissioner Vapor, the group being nicknamed the “teen squad” by the rest of the Moist Talkers. This friendship, along with the aid of Polkadot Patterson’s numerous connections to the Sunken Halifax Housing Authority, eventually led to Silk moving out of Gleek Arena, he currently resides in a shared domicile with both Koch and Vapour. Silk still maintains contact with his Mother and former teammates in Hawaii, with the former sending Silk regular care packages of Hawaii snacks.

Lacking the formal education of his early adolescence, Silk is currently being tutored by Mooney Doctor, whose teaching methods have been described by Silk as “Thorough for the most part, except when she tears up the textbooks and calls the writers ‘Narrow Minded Philistines!’”. Also, in an interview with the Halifax Gazette York excitedly claimed that he was being taught french by his teammate Ziwa Mueller, adding it to his vocabulary along with his two native languages, English and Ōlelo Hawai‘i.

Death and Return To Play

After York’s Silk’s death near the end of the 14th regular season the Moist Talkers went on to win the championship in his name. However sometimes the dead are not allowed to rest. While there is no definitive answer for how York returned to play - here is what we’ve heard around the Rumour Mill. This time, the Interdimensional Rumor Mill reveals a Rumor from IF-48.652 out of its Rumor Registry...

From the Deep

After York’s death, Nagomi McDaniel returned to Baltimore briefly in the postseason. Ostensibly this was to cheer on her former teammates in the Wild Card round, however it was clear that this tragedy had caused her to reach out to her old friends in the bay as she mourned the loss of York.

And in a moment of weakness she wished it did not have to be like this. She raged against the gods, and against the umps, and against York's fate, and she raged into the cold unforgiving waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

What Nagomi could not have known is that The Olde One was there and listening. As she always was. The Mother Crab whose ghost still hides under the bay, and who answers the calls of her people in need.

The Mother Crab, whose mandate is change, entropy, and remaking, heard Nagomi’s call as a prayer.

The Mother Crab answered.

As the final games ended she made her move, and from the waters of the bay York reemerged. Reports differ on exactly who was there to overhear it, but as he walked out of the bay he spoke five words to whoever was listening.

“I'm not afraid of you”

Hard Shells, Soft Hearts

When York returned from the dead he was unsure of exactly what that would entail. While he had seen the devastation raised by Jaylen Hotdogfingers in the wake of her revival, it was unclear exactly what it would mean for him, and if this changed who York was, or who he was supposed to be. In this moment of doubt he sought out Nagomi McDaniel for advice, and the two of them were quietly relieved that after all this time, they were finally in the right place at the right time to help each other. As difficult as it was to talk about these things, there was at least one person on the roster who had been through just as much as he had who he could trust implicitly.

Much to York’s surprise he also found solace in the stoic Crab’s pitcher Brock Forbes. While York’s initial impressions of Brock were of the stone man’s stern expressions, York quickly discovered his softer side as Brock worked to help York find a place on the team, and to create a healthy outlet for some of the feelings he had bottled up over the years of play. York wasn’t the first person on the team to come back from something like this, and Brock was determined to make sure he wouldn't have to do it alone.


Time on the Seattle Garages

Silk's sudden move to Seattle was controversial, given his few obvious connections to the team, and a combination of a new punk demeanor and rumored tensions between himself and his stepmother quickly made the twenty year old a hot-button topic in the tabloids. His notoriety exploded overnight when he showed up to a game with a botched self-done haircut and dye job. Penelope Mathews was later able to shape it into a mullet, but the damage to his reputation had been done, as global headlines stated: YORK SILK: SHOCKING PIX [sic] AS SUPERSTAR TEETERS ON EDGE OF BREAKDOWN. Silk responded to these headlines the next day by stepping up to bat and smashing a guitar at home plate.

Silk's newfound rebelliousness has been chalked up to a combination of a hatred of fame often found in former child stars and a personal lack of a "rebellious teenage phase" due to losing the majority of his teenage years to the timeskip he experienced while shelled. Silk is currently staying in the guest room at Terrell Bradley's apartment, where he has been working on a skatepunk album entitled the honey bled.[1]

While Silk has found an odd friendship with some teammates, including fellow troublemakers Betsy Trombone, Alaynabella Hollywood, and Malik Destiny, many of the older members of the Garages seem wary of him. Oliver Mueller, in particular, refuses to speak with Silk until he receives an apology for the shelling of Oliver Loofah. When asked for comment on this situation, Silk flipped off the reporter and then told the reporter to repeat the gesture to Mueller.

Despite Silk's current abrasive demeanor, those close to him have gone on the record to describe him as "a good kid at heart," with Bradley in particular giving the following impassioned speech about him in interview:

"Look, if you were a young man who's been playing professional blaseball since you were eight years old, and you were only ever remembered as that eight year old kid, you'd be pretty pissed. If you were a young man who didn't even get to die on his own terms, you'd be pretty pissed. If you were a young man who didn't even get to stay dead on his own terms, who's not even allowed to rest in violence as your corpse gets dragged back up to the surface and forced to continue to play this game, all the while everybody still acts like you're that same eight year old kid. If all that was happening to you, I'd think you should get to cut off your hair and smash up a guitar as well."

Outside of games, Silk spends much of his time alone in his room, playing video games or practicing guitar. In contrast to the loud and rebellious teen the tabloids paint him as, his teammates have observed him to generally keep to himself. He occasionally goes LARPing with Malik Destiny, who has been teaching him how to use a gunblade as a weapon rather than for batting. His newest hobby, as revealed on Magi Ruiz's personal Instlagram, has been building a pedalboard with Ruiz and Sparks Beans. He plans to debut his new setup at a live show scheduled for the first day of Season 18.

Trivia

  • The crowd will cheer "👏 YORK'S 👏 OUR 👏 DORK 👏" whenever Silk enters the field, regardless of his performance. As one Fridays fan said, "Win or lose, he's a good boy."
  • Silk is one of the few Fridays players to wear cleats, or footwear at all for that matter. He is known around the league for playing in a pair of kids size 10 Crocs. They have jibbetz on them representing all of his sponsors. When he is playing in the outfield he puts his shoes into defensive mode and puts the straps to the front. When he is hitting or on base he puts his shoes into offensive mode, with the straps at the back. He likes to make a big deal out of it, not unlike when Ash Ketchum switches his hat to enter a Pokemon battle. When he runs the bases his shoes light up green and blue to represent the duality outfield and the surf respectively.
  • Silk was recruited onto the Fridays by his stepmother Nagomi Mcdaniel, who at the time was dating his mother.
  • Silk has reportedly stayed penpals with PODS saboteur and fellow necromancied player Jaylen Hotdogfingers since The Shelled One's defeat. It is rumored that she recommended he join the Seattle Garages.


Fan Works

Music

York Silk is the focus of the following songs:

Art