Even art museums talk about the baseball playoffs

Baseball trash talk has gone highbrow.

As the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees battle for the American League championship and the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies fight in the National League, an unlikely fan base has emerged.

Top museums in those cities -- including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art -- have stepped up to the plate in their own artful way to root for the home team.

So how, exactly, do museums talk trash about baseball? With oil paintings, sculptures, folk art, photographs and conceptualist installations.

The volleys began Tuesday when the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art meshed the Giants' logo into its own. The announcement was followed by several supportive "Go Giants" tweets.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art responded the next day with a Thomas Eakins painting, Baseball Players Practicing, from 1875, from the Museum of Art in Rhode Island. "Not so fast," it tweeted back. "Philly hometown hero Thomas Eakins says: Go philaphillies!"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York then stepped in to mediate with an image of a headless Roman statue: "Give Eirene, the Greek personification of peace, a chance," the Met tweeted.

It didn't take long for Fort Worth's museums to join the fray. Few baseball images are in the permanent collections here -- and most of the antlered animals are dead -- so the museum folks stretched to find appropriate images.

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