Happy Spring! The return of spring every year is a renewal of life, a celebration of the abundance of beauty and bounty on Earth, and of course – SOFTBALL SEASON.
Both of your Fangirl Shirts co-founders have played and loved softball over the years, ranging from summer kids’ leagues in our youths to managing and playing on adult recreational teams. Now, we are excited to be teaming up with some super-cool and creative Earpers to bring you a new wicked cool design they came up with!
One of Fangirl Shirts’ nonprofit beneficiaries is the Women’s Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports. We believe that sports are fun and contribute to good health and confidence, and confer lifelong benefits for girls and women. We’re happy to be able to partner with the awesome creators of this shirt to bring you some sport-themed fangirl apparel.
Check out the baseball shirts and also the short-sleeve, long-sleeve, hoodie and V-neck shirts! And of course, the tank tops.
FGS: How did you hear about Wynonna Earp and start watching it?
Coral: A dear friend of mine who is also into SyFy as much as I am had been watching it. She called me and told me I needed to start watching because it was an amazing SyFy show that was cleverly written with a great lesbian storyline. We have the same taste in TV shows so I knew it had to be good.
Carol: I saw the ads for it, but the ads didn’t grab me. Syfy has some stinkers, and I thought Wynonna Earp was going to be a Sharknado Syfy-style stinker. Coral saw the show and told me to run, not walk to the nearest TV to see it. I did, and I lurve the show.
Dre: If I remember correctly, I think Coral and Carol told me about it. Since it’s filmed in Calgary, 2.5 hrs away from me, I thought, what the hell, right? WRONG!! You think I could find it ANYWHERE on TV?? NO ONE PICKED IT UP, except for this small Ontario channel that I couldn’t get access to so I had to stream it! It didn’t take me very long. I didn’t fall in love right away (don’t throw anything sharp), I did come to love it by the time it ended though. I’ve since watched it again and now that Space has picked it up, looks like I’ll be watching it one more time just in time for season 2! 🙂
FGS: What inspired you to design the Purgatory Softball Team shirt?
Coral: I will have to defer to Carol on this one. It was when she was here in Albuquerque, helping take care of me after my fourth shoulder surgery. I remember the discussions and brainstorming, but was taking a lot of pain meds.
Carol: I took time off work to fly out to help Coral after her shoulder surgery. We ended up watching Wynonna Earp reruns the entire time. Coral had the idea to make a T-shirt. The shirt is inspired by my love of the softball shirts I had as kid in the 70’s, and so the Purgatory Sheriff’s Department Softball Team was born.
FGS: What position do you think Nicole would play? Would Waverly join the team, or would she cheer from the sidelines? What about the others – Dolls, Doc, Wynonna, Nedley, Champ, Stupid Carl…?
We envisioned that the PSD softball team would play others such as the Fire Department. Also, the Revenants would have their own team with Bobo as captain. The Revenants would not stick to the rules and eventually try to kill someone, so the game would probably not make it to the 4th inning.
- Wynonna as pitcher
- Waverly as catcher or softball groupie
- Doc at first base or right field
- Nedley at second
- Dolls at third
- Nicole at shortstop
- Emily Andras as coach
- (FGS: maybe Champ and Gus could join the outfield? Clootie could be the umpire, as long as they dig up her salt flat and place her gently behind home plate. Agent Lucado could also help enforce the rules, as long as she doesn’t burn Purgatory down to the ground…)
FGS: Did/do you play softball? Tell us about that!
Coral: I played fast-pitch softball in high school at second base, then slowpitch for years after high school at shortstop until my shoulder surgeries. Fun fact: I did get a chance to play second base in 1996 for a semi-professional women’s baseball team, the Michigan Stars.
Here’s what happened: I was living in Tucson, Arizona, which hosted the national Women’s Semi-Professional Baseball Tournament. My roommate was friends with some of the players on the Michigan Stars. I went down to the baseball fields to do some
lady watching lady baseball watching. While there, my roommate’s friends introduced me to the rest of the Michigan Stars players. We had a good time talking and they asked if I wanted to sit in their dugout.
One of their players broke her hand in last game of the first day of the tournament in the last inning. They needed another player or would have to forfeit the rest of the weekend. They didn’t have another player, so they asked me to fill in. I hadn’t played baseball since Carol and I played Little League when we were kids. They threw a uniform at me and the umpire told me I had five minutes to get it on or they would need to forfeit. I had to change quickly in a tiny Port-O-Pottie (I’m sure it was rocking back and forth with me trying to hurry and get dressed before the official called it).
They put me on second base and I was lucky enough to make all three outs (grounder turning a double play and then a pop up). Since their player was out the rest of the weekend, they needed me to play Saturday and Sunday. I was terrified of hitting. These girls pitched 47 miles an hour…I know this because our pitcher won the pitching speed competition.
That night I grabbed my softball bat (the only bat I had) and went to the batting cages to hit baseballs. It was not pretty. I did get one hit to center field off a fastball, and then the other pitchers figured out I really didn’t play baseball and threw curve balls, knuckle balls, anything but a fastball. After that, I never got on base again because I couldn’t read the pitches. It was one of the best experiences of my life, a fun bunch of mostly lesbian women.
Carol: Yes, Coral and I played. I played shortstop in high school. Our senior year, we won our conference championship, but lost in the quarter finals going for the state title. I played women’s slow pitch for years first at shortstop and then in left field. Now I play occasionally at second base.
Dre: I played softball back in the day when a bunch of friends from school convinced me to play with them. Loved it. I played catcher and then eventually left field. I played for about ten years, I think, but then went back to my first love, soccer. I played soccer all my life = at University for a year, and we went to western finals once. Never made nationals but oh well…
FGS: Dre, tell us about your work in T-shirts!
Dre: The company I work for is called Creative Giant, located in Edmonton, Alberta. We do all sorts of shirts, hoodies, sweats, jackets, towels, jerseys, etc. Whatever you want on it, as long as I have good art or a nice, clean picture to work with, I can put it on anything. I’ve made a few shirts for myself – never thought of actually doing anything above and beyond that until this happened. I have tons of ideas in my head. 🙂
FGS: How did you three meet each other?
Coral: We met Dre at the Xenite Retreat, I believe through our friend Sandy. Sandy is a Scottish Xenite I had met at the last Xena Convention. There are 5 of us that became great friends at the Xenite Retreat (Dre from Canada, Carol from California, Jess from California, Amy from England, and Sandy from Scotland). New technology has bridged distance and time to allow us to talk daily via Facebook messenger. I can’t imagine not talking with these ladies. I feel very grateful to have all of them in my life. We have celebrated triumphs and supported losses for and with each other. Carol and I have ladies from the original Xena days who are friends for life as well. This is what a fandom is about. The show is the common interest but the friendships are what last long after the show is over.
Carol: We met Dre last year through a friend at a Xenite Retreat. There are six of us that met and had a blast. We talk every day. We will be meeting back up shortly for the 2nd annual Xenite Retreat, and then in June we will all be vacationing together in Scotland. Our other friends are from England and Scotland. For me, the fandom is much more about the friendships you gain through a show or mutual interest. Priceless.
Dre: Yep, Xenite Retreat last year, and it still boggles my mind how I had never met them before since Sandy and I have known each other for seven years. Better late than never, though. We’ve got such a great year coming up for our group. It’s going to be spectacular and I’m pretty sure there will be many more adventures for us in the future.
FGS: What else do you fangirl over? What are your other fandoms?
Coral: Xena, Wonder Woman, Supergirl (love Sanvers!), Orphan Black, Buffy, Star Trek (especially Voyager), Star Wars, Killjoys, Dark Matter, anything comic book related especially with a strong female character, Person of Interest, and Mass Effect (a video game).
Carol: Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman were the first big ones as a kid. Xena was the first convention I had ever been to. That was 20 years ago and I still have great friends from those conventions. BUFFY!! Angel, Firefly, Carmilla, Lost Girl, Wynonna Earp, Supergirl, Orphan Black, Star Wars, Star Trek: Voyager, Warehouse 13, Legends of Tomorrow, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Battlestar Galactica, Underworld, and The L Word.
Dre: I don’t know if there is enough room in this email for my list, I’m quite ridiculous: The X-Files, Xena, Doctor Who, Farscape, Carmilla, Lost Girl, Wynonna Earp, Supergirl, Orphan Black, Star Wars, Star Trek: Voyager, Warehouse 13, Haven, Arrow, Penny Dreadful, 12 Monkeys, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Bionic Woman, Haven, Hannibal, The Fall, (literally ANYTHING with Gillian Anderson in it), WONDER WOMAN, omg.. it’s going to be EPIC!!! Oooo have you seen the trailer for Atomic Blonde??? GET ON IT!!
FGS: Anything else you wish we had asked you?
Coral: I make and sell Xeanies and Gabeanies (slouch beanies) at the Xenite retreat. They are grey with purple lettering that reads either Xeanie or Gabeanie. I have plans to make beanies for Wynonna Earp as well, (Wynonna, WayHaught, Dolls, and Doc).
Dre: I’m not just a geek, but a big sports fan too. Oilers and Eskimos are my local boys, Bayern Munchen, and German National team are my go-tos for football. Playoff hockey is happening right now and I couldn’t be more happy that my boys are in it.
FGS: Thank you so much for sharing your time for this blog post and your creative chops for the Purgatory Softball Team shirt!
Coral, Carol and Dre gifted Katherine Barrell and Dominique Provost-Chalkley with shirts of their own at ClexaCon, and they gave us permission to share the videos with you here! Special thanks to Deb from AfterEarp for recording these videos and uploading them to YouTube!
Artwork credit: Dre, @drebombay