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The Baseball Gods Have Decreed

by Stephen Jones

The gods of summer are blowing
Great white baseballs in the air,
And they are shaking thunder
Like the roar of a stadium crowd.
They have selected the best:

They have chosen Cleveland and Chicago,
Two saga-like teams — and each with
A history they’d like to rewrite
(As well as with a lakefront view).

Soon enough, they’ll wrestle and grapple
For baseball’s ultimate crown.
Which will it be —
Win-dy Chicago or Cleveland-I-am?

 



Kluber’s Clan

By James Finn Garner

With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Canada did Kluber’s clan
A stately baseball dome lay waste
Where Molson’s had in rivers ran
Through taverns ‘cross the frozen land
.     Now left a sour taste

But once before had Cleveland’s Merritt
Begun a game, yet they could bear it
With Miller near to pull his load
The ball did Crisp and Carlos paste
A gonfalon triumph on the road
And two decades of grief erased.

 



Big Papi’s Final Thoughts

by James Finn Garner

Tell me, has it come to this–
To be outhit by Coco Crisp?
To win outright the AL East,
Then be swept out like autumn leaves?
To watch my teammates flailing madly
And our hurlers piching badly?
Then step out for a curtain call
And have all Fenway watch me bawl?

I know I’ve won three rings, but still–
I’m not quite set to give up the thrill.

 



Giants’ Savior

by the Village Elliott

With two losses where ivy’s on wall,
Giants back at home now must stand tall.
With Bumgarner to start,
Local rooters take heart
That Jints’ savior will answer the call.

 



Christmas Eve in October

by James Finn Garner

The drenching rains have parted
An autumn breeze comes in
Can they finish what they started?
Old doubts keep crawling in

But true joy reigns in Wrigleyville
The pre-game mood is bright
The halo ’round the Cubs there still
Undimmed til first pitch tonight.

 

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