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October Calling

by Doug Fahrendorff

After
150 days in first place
The season
Winding down
Playoffs within reach
Success or Failure
Rests
On the next ten games
Like every team
Brewers hoping
Heroes will emerge

 



Joe Torre Day (08/23/2014) at Yankee Stadium

by Stephen Jones

His #6 was retired.
His quiet demeanor was honored
When his plaque was unveiled
In Monument Park.

It’s “Joe Torre Day”
And right now, some say
He still should be skipper
In the Yankee dugout.

As a manager he cared less
About metrics and the rest.
He made “championship” real
Because he cared about people.

He once said competing
Is not alone about winning.
It’s all about preparation,
Courage, understanding
And, as he knew,
Nurturing the people and heart.

 



Some Things in Baseball Aren’t Timeless

by Stephen Jones

Back in baseball’s glory days
A plug or “chaw”
Stuffed in the back pocket
Was the norm.

In those summer salad days
Players in interviews
Or at their locker room ease
Smoked without a thought.

But time and culture changed;
Still, some habits – they die hard.
Stogie, wad and cigarette may have gone,
But not so the pinch between cheek and gum.

First this year, it was Tony Gwynn -
Remember the bulge in his rounded cheek
As regular as his steady swing? -
Who died because of that reason.

Now we hear Curt Schilling’s
Undergoing chemo and radiation,
But if all the reports are true,
His “Big C” is in remission.

In baseball some things
Are timeless -
Like a walk-off home run
Or a perfect double play.

But a bad, cruel habit
which shortens mortality?



Baseball-Poetry Slam



Then & Now

by Stephen Jones

Paul O’Neill hit into Monument Park.
The Warrior got his deserved plaque
In Yankee Stadium this past Saturday.
It was also high contrast to current play.

Die-hard Pinstripers have to admit:
Yankee dominance has simply waned.
Now it’s a team struggling just to maintain
Its bid for the second wild card spot.

 

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