by Stephen Jones
Today’s Boston papers proclaim to millions
“We Are The World – We Are The Champions”
While outside sources observe distantly
“Beards Beat Birds In World Series Finale”.
What impressed me, despite Big Papi’s MVP,
Was Boston’s locked-in baseball mentality. The
Beer and chicken wings, and Valentine, were over,
Replaced now by focused Red Sox team fervor.
Pundits say it is money which holds the day
(After all, many teams are built by green sway).
I wonder: Yes, many teams don’t lack for salary, but
Their locker rooms aren’t built by such currency.
by R.J. Lesch
Rivera’s winding up his farewell tour.
The Rockies’ Helton takes his final bow.
Guerrero leaves the players’ ranks one fewer,
and Pettitte says the time to quit is now.
Who else will be upon the Hall of Fame’s
induction ballot only five years hence?
We’ll cheer them while they play their final games,
and then the tearing down part will commence.
Which candidates are worthy of a plaque?
To get your player through those hallowed doors,
You have to stab the others in the back,
As fewer votes for them mean more for yours.
“Your player’s glove was not so good,” I’ll say.
And you’ll reply my candidate struck out
too often in the clutch. And, by the way,
his value came from a syringe, no doubt.
It’s sad to drag good players through the dust,
but votes are scarce. So, Cooperstown AND bust!
By Marion Light
October’s the month for
strikes and pitches
and bats and bags
and also witches.
by Stephen Jones
Yesterday, the Yankees lost their last sliver
Of summer sunlight by a score of 2-1.
Maybe too their bruised chance to play
As a wild card this October post-season.
In fan memory, it’s a far cry from ‘95 –
When the Core Four first arrived with
Posada, Pettite, Jeter, Rivera. Back then,
Yankee baseball seemed to last forever.
So it’s hard to draw fair comparison:
The present team limped but played hard all season.
Yesterday it came up short amid shadow
And waning sunlight, of the first day of autumn.
Mariano Rivera said it best after the game was over:
“How it finished wasn’t what I was looking for.”
By Stuart Shea
Congratulations to the Bucs,
Too many years a team that sucks.
McCutch the likely MVP,
Good pitching and defense are key.
They’ll have a chance for bigger fame,
If they keep Clint Hurdle out of the game.