Yusef Fenestrate

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Yusef Fenestrate is a player for the Baltimore Crabs and has been with the team since Fall Ball. Fenestrate has played for the Tokyo Lift.

Official League Records

Fenestrate joined the ILB as a lineup player for the Tokyo Lift during the Season β10 elections after the Ascension of the Baltimore Crabs.

During the Coffee Cup, Fenestrate played for Heavy FC as a lineup player.

On Season β20, Day 59, Fenestrate was swept  Elsewhere... and gained the Negative modification as a result of Nandy Slumps's Undertaker modification.

During the Season β21 elections, Fenestrate gained the 2x modification as a result of the Lift's Magnify will.

During the December 23, 2022 Fall Ball, Fenestrate fell to the Baltimore Crabs.

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Fenestrate is a Black Muslim Egyptian who uses any pronouns. In Japanese, sho refers to shomself as watashi and others refer to sho with masculine and feminine terms interchangeably, and in Arabic sho is likewise referred to with هي/هو interchangeably. Sho is autistic and has ADHD.

Early Life

Born in Luxor, Egypt, Fenestrate spent much of shom’s youth wandering the city and lingering near its historical and archaeological sites. As sho grew up, sho began hearing what sho described as a form of music that could not be heard with one’s ears. When asked how one could hear music, if not with one's ears, sho was vague, saying “I dunno, I just kind of hear it with my face, you know? The normal way you hear stuff like that.” Sho has since described this phenomenon as “the universe’s symphony of resonant mundanities,” or as sho more affectionately deems it, “some real rad tunes.”

Sho started school for physics, thinking sho might be better able to share the music with others if sho studied the forces that make up the immaterial plane. Fenestrate began shom’s studies in Morocco and then returned to Egypt to transfer to a university in Cairo, but soon after the move sho grew completely disillusioned with academia. Sho decided sho would benefit more from self-education that was built for shom’s way of learning instead of in spite of it, and dropped out to pursue shom’s own studies.

Freed from academia but inspired by shom’s time in Morocco, Fenestrate sought any and all opportunities to travel and see more of the world. Meanwhile, shom’s efforts to find a mentor in physics were fruitful as sho came into contact with acclaimed mathematician and buff fitness buff Stijn Strongbody. The two spent some time exchanging mail about their theories. Fenestrate’s interests eventually shifted and sho became more fascinated with the history of objects and how their songs change with the events that occur in their presence, and sho dropped contact with Strongbody as shom’s research took sho from physics to history. Through the following years Fenestrate went through an intense punk phase, learned to play the qanun, bassoon, and Arabian oud, and moved to Tokyo. There, sho started rooming with future teammate Coolname Galvanic, discovered sho was aromantic after attempting to date Galvanic and breaking up on amicable terms[1], and came out as genderfluid.

Blaseball Career

After Strongbody performed what some on the Lift would later wistfully refer to as some “epic future vision math,” the events of 1997 allowed him to catch glimpses of the future where he recognized his former protege Fenestrate among the players on the yet-unformed team. The void left by the Ascension of the Baltimore Crabs and his rush to create the team of his vision prompted him to contact sho, asking whether sho would like to join. Hoping to hear Blaseball’s own unique symphonic soundscape in person, Fenestrate accepted.

Shom’s performance since joining the Lift has been somewhat underwhelming. Fenestrate has told reporters that the sound of a home run is like no other, and despite shom’s clear skill in the splort and excellent plate discipline, sho is often so focused on achieving hits with that particular resonance that sho ends up making poor contact with the ball. Shom’s batting career has been a long series of home runs, groundouts and flyouts, and sho is rarely actually seen on base where sho would be able to demonstrate shom’s baserunning prowess. Even so, sho easily remained one of the team’s better batters through the first half of the Expansion Era.

Time Spent Elsewhere

During the Lift’s final game of Season 14, Fenestrate was swept Elsewhere, and was there for the entirety of the two-year long siesta. Several months after shom’s return, a reporter stopped sho on the street and sho commented on a peculiar quality of the space:

“[The world] has always been a place of music to me. Every object... every being resonates with its own particular sound to create an impossible symphony beyond anything our ears can sense. Rubber-insulated wires and decomposing bark alike sing in languages I can’t really ever hope to translate for you. So while you may not quite understand the gravity of the situation, I’ll ask you to at least try to imagine what was going through my head when I was Elsewhere and everything was silent. I’ve never really experienced that before... It shook me. Yeah. I’d say it shook me far more than I would have expected.”

Despite maintaining shom’s usual laid-back countenance and deliberate speech patterns, shom’s speech became notably slower and more prone to trailing off in the middle of a sentence, and sho has conducted few talks at the Lift’s community center since shom’s return.

Captainship

After the respective redaction and incineration of Lift vice-captain Lance Serotonin and captain Strongbody, Fenestrate and Gerund Pantheocide replaced them as co-captains of the Lift. While Pantheocide leapt to the task, Fenestrate found shomself thrust into the position almost by surprise as shom’s teammates went to sho for shom’s level-headed judgement and advice. While on his own, Pantheocide was too quick to follow his heart and commit wholeheartedly to the task at hand without adequately thinking things through, Fenestrate was too reluctant to commit to any course of action when so many options were available. Together, Pantheocide pulled Fenestrate out of shom’s comfort zone to make decisions and commit, and Fenestrate directed Pantheocide's seemingly boundless energy in more productive ways. Having previously bonded over a shared love of punk music and culture, the two further bonded through the consistent push and pull of their joint leadership that propelled the Lift forwards to their first Championship in Season 19, and became fast friends.

The high of their Turntables-induced Championship did not last for long, as the Lift experienced four roster changes in one election, Pantheocide received her first level of Ego, and Fenestrate had one of shom’s worst-performing seasons up until sho was swept Elsewhere on Day 59. Fenestrate arrived back, newly Negative and heavily Scattered for the first time, shortly before Pantheocide's death. After a short period of mourning, Fenestrate set shom’s grief aside and quietly announced that sho was unfit to act as sole captain of the Lift, and advised the team against appointing a replacement in light of the demise of the previous three captains.

The Fifth Base

In Season 22, Fenestrate picked up the Fifth Base in a game against the Georgias at the very last moment, tying the game up, but put it back down in the Gym the next day, right before Super Roamin' was due to send sho to another team. Fenestrate declined to comment on what drove sho pick up the base in the first place, and what made sho change shom’s mind.

Relationships

As a generally good-natured and mellow-mannered individual, Fenestrate has few troubles getting along with most members of the Lift.

Despite their previous acquaintance, Fenestrate and Strongbody remained somewhat distant and awkward up until Strongbody's incineration. Sho once admitted to feeling that he still just saw sho as the kid he mentored rather than the person that kid has become.

Sho continues to co-inhabit shom’s old apartment with Galvanic, and the two have a close partnership. Additionally, sho has what has been described as a "part-time" queerplatonic relationship with Grollis Zephyr, rents a makerspace in Tokyo with Concrete Mandible, Terrell Bradley, and Theodore Honeywell, and sho has also been recorded referring to the twice-late Alejandro Leaf as shom’s aunt on several occasions despite sharing no publicly-known familial connections. Fenestrate taught Persephone "Percy" Violence to use henna while she was still on the Lift, and they still meet up after Lift/Tigers series to get coffee and refresh each others' henna (Fenestrate) and paint (Violence).

Trivia

  • Although Fenestrate is recorded as having the "Tattooing" pregame ritual, this may be a clerical error: sho actually does henna, as tattooing is haram.
  • Fenestrate is a polyglot. Sho is fluent in Egyptian Arabic, Classical Arabic, English, Japanese, ESL, and JSL, and sho has learned the basics of Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi both from shom’s teammates and from traveling prior to joining the Lift.
  • Fenestrate takes a lot of comfort in cooking, and occasionally calls home for recipes from shom’s aunts.
  • In an interview, Fenestrate stated that if sho was to compete in any non-blaseball splort, sho would like to swim professionally.
  • Fenestrate is a skilled glassblower. Sho makes shom’s own glass masks and windows, wearing different windows for different outfits and occasions. In particular, sho wears masks that incorporate the Evil Eye into the design during solar eclipses as a ward. Sho also has made Evil Eye necklaces and bracelets for all shom’s teammates.
  • Fenestrate is a hobbyist composer and multi-instrumentalist. Shom’s music is often esoteric, relying as much on the sonic texture inherent to objects as on more traditional musical instruments.


List of Notable Hobbies, Skills, and Interests

Fenestrate is known by many as someone with many interests and talents. Some of their peers have mentioned that every time you look away, it always seems as though they are up to something new and refreshing. There may be some truth to that:

Fan Works

Fanfiction

For more fanfiction, go to the Yusef Fenestrate tag on AO3.

Fanart


  1. The date was at a local Costco. Years later, they mentioned the failed Costco Date to Pantheocide, who delightedly told Val Hitherto, and before long the entire team knew. The infamous Costco Date became a long-running joke that would culminate in many members actually going on their own ironic Costco Dates until it became a celebrated Lift tradition.