Daily Bread

by Todd Herges

Daily Bread
… for pitchers

Each at bat a little hill,
every pitch a battle.

The three-o count to cleanup or
the o-two waste pitch thrown to Mendoza:
both can hurt huge without good execution.

Every step along the path –
all the wins and all the losses;
all the games blown and saved –
remind wise men to pay close attention,
to work hard, and learn, and grow.

And try hard to always know the reason
when that hitter takes the bread out of your mouth.

Daily Bread
… for hitters

Each at bat a little hill,
every pitch a battle.

The three-o heat from the late-season call-up or
the o-two junk coming in from Cy Young:
both make you look foolish without good execution.

Every step along the path –
all the swings and all the misses;
all the doubles and all the K’s –
remind wise men to pay close attention,
to work hard, and learn, and grow.

And try hard to always know the reason
when that pitcher takes the bread out of your mouth.

Posted 9/13/10


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