Visiting teams get more than fresh towels and cereal bars in the clubhouse when they come to play the Indians at Cleveland's Progressive Field. These days, there is some distinctive artwork on the walls: portraits of players made with Legos.
The artist, assistant clubhouse manager Wayne Peltz, tells NPR's Scott Simon that he was inspired by former Cleveland Indians infielder Jamey Carroll.
"Jamey Carroll used to do all these amazing, hand-drawn pictures," Peltz says. Peltz wanted to do something one-of-a-kind, too.
He started with a portrait of Jim Thome from the hitter's White Sox days. Peltz has also done legendary Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller and Dontrelle Willis of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Willis actually commissioned his own portrait, and Peltz is in negotiations to do a portrait for Minnesota Twins player Carl Pavano.
He charges $500 for a Lego portrait, though he says "some guys are more generous than that." Each portrait takes about 2,500 Legos and more than 20 hours to create. To get the likeness, he starts off drawing basic shapes and shades, then uses a computer to finish off the design.
Except for Feller, no other Indian has been immortalized in Legos, but Peltz is open to it. "It's my boss's clubhouse," Peltz says. "If he wanted the clubhouse done in Lego, I'd start working on it. I'd make Feller, [Rocky] Colavito, Satchel Paige, I could go down the line."