Despite the fact that I am not a huge sports fan, I can definitely agree with the sentiment that baseball is an essential summer pastime. Being new to the east coast, my allegiances still sway Californian (more for state solidarity than any real sports enthusiasm), but my boyfriend, Joe, is a huge Mets fan.
While perhaps not the most pressing question for pencil use, Caroline is a huge baseball enthusiast, and, knowing that my boyfriend is a diehard Mets fan, she put me and Joe to the task of trying out the best pencils for baseball scoring.
We picked a night when the LA Dodgers were in town so I could root with a "home" team, and so the Mets, the Dodgers, summer and pencils all came together last week for a highly amusing American summer evening.
We picked pencils based on team colors, obviously. A Blackwing Pearl was decked with a blue eraser to represent the Dodgers, while a Caran d'Ache Edelweiss F pencil was topped with an orange eraser cap for the Mets. Feeling this grouping wasn't a thorough enough selection, we also picked an all-American pencil as a "wild card," knowing that Joe likes jumbo pencils - the J.R. Moon Big Dipper.
Much like books and their covers, selecting a pencil for looks alone proved to not be the greatest method for choosing.
Joe did the scoring, while I did my best to pick up the method and learn more about baseball in the process. He's not an avid pencil-user (don't worry, he'll get there) but gamely tried each pencil and gave this thoughts.
The Edelweiss was ruled out the quickest - despite having a fine point for making small marks, our score sheet was a folded piece of paper, and, having nothing hard to press the pencil against, it proved too faint and hard to use. Likewise, the eraser cap wobbles too much to be useful without a solid surface to erase against.
The Big Dipper went over much better. Declaring it a great "man-size pencil," Joe greatly enjoyed both the core and the eraser on this one, though jumbo isn't the greatest for filling out small spaces. This one had an unexpected bonus of being the best to drum against the sheet in place of clapping, which Joe loved.
While I had to try very hard to convince Joe to use a Dodgers-themed pencil at a Mets game, he discovered that the Pearl was, in fact, his favorite for scoring. Soft enough to fill in spaces without too much pressure, this one wrote the best. One major downside: He hated the eraser (not just because it was Dodger blue) - it, too, was too difficult to use without a hard surface.
Did we reach any conclusive findings about the best pencil to score a baseball game with? I don't think we got there perfectly, though I'm happy to be winning over a new pencil enthusiast in the process.
SO. I hereby challenge Caroline, diehard Pirates fan, to take her love of the game AND pencils to the next game and try and do us one better.