When I texted him for help, I expected to hear back via text in a while. But no, Friend called to help because he had "too much to put into a text". Let me assure you, that is the exact thing you want to hear when you're stuck on a project without inspiration. He suggested the inclusion of peanuts, popcorn, or cracker jack. Turns out there are no tiny cracker jack charms out there, but there were some adorable popcorn and peanut charms, so into the mix they went.
My other concern was what color beads to use, without using any specific teams colors, so that it could be for any fan. I did know I wanted green for the grass, and Friend suggested white or clear for the ball. I soon also found some awesome acrylic ball beads. I generally only use Czech glass or crystal beads, but they were so perfect that I just couldn't pass them up. The dual color scheme wasn't working though, and I realized that I needed to add in a neutral to make the green pop. In came a sandy tan for the diamond. Now things were finally coming together!
After a lot of frustration I'm really happy with how it came out in the end. And I'm glad for the reminder that when you're at your wit's end, you can always turn to a friend for help. Thanks Friend.