First of the Year

by Hilary Barta

The besotted on Clark Street are searching
Dodging potholes they’re parking, then lurching
To watch Cubbies they swarm
Though a drubbing’s the norm
At the bottom those barkers are perching.


Published in Ballparks, Chicago Cubs, Fans, Limerick | Link to this poem | 2 Comments

First of the Year: 2 Comments

  1. Hilary Barta wrote,

    Dopes spring eternal.

  2. Tony Puma wrote,


    “Take me out to the ball game”

    Please stand for the National Anthem.

    The Home Team takes the field: PLAY BALL!

    Bottom of third, man on base,
    pitch low and inside, count 3&2.
    Fastball, strike 3, Batter out.
    Man left on base.

    The Mick, Duke, Willie, Jackie, Pee Wee,
    The Scooter, Yogi, Joe D., Dizzy and Daffy,
    Charlie Hustle.

    Who’s on first. Abbott & Costello.

    Red Sox and White Sox.

    “take me out with the crowd”

    Twi-light double header:
    Cardinals and Orioles.

    Da’ Reds/Dem Bums/ The Gas House Gang
    Murderers Row/ The Bronx Bombers.

    Reliever: South Paw ,Knuckleballer, 2.52 ERA.

    The Sultan of Swat/The Splendid Splinter.

    The Iron Man.
    Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack”

    Bottom of 7th, nothing-nothing.
    Seventh inning stretch.

    Padres and Angels.

    A No-Hitter/A Perfect Game.
    Holy Cow!

    The Bleachers.

    “I don’t care if I never get back”

    Designated Hitter/Pinch Hitter.
    Foul ball/Double play.
    Catcher gives the sign.
    Tying run at the Plate.

    The Yankees win the World Series!
    Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants:

    The Metropolitans.
    The Nationals.

    Topps Baseball cards.

    Indians and Braves.

    Can’t anyone here play this game?
    Casey Stengel.

    “let me root, root, root for the home team”

    Rain delay/Box scores/Extra innings/K’s/RBI’s.

    Negro League:
    Only the ball was white.

    Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio . . .
    Paul Simon.

    Devil Rays and Marlins.

    Frozen Rope/Texas Leaguer.
    Bull Pen/Home Plate/Batter’s Box.
    Old-Timers Day/All Star Game.

    I GOT IT!

    “if they don’t win, it’s a shame”

    Tagged out/Stolen base.
    A swing and a miss.
    Pitcher’s mound/Rosin bag/The Rubber.

    Red Bird/Phillie Phanatic.

    Cubs and Tigers.

    A Sinker, down-and-out.
    Popped-up/Loaded bases.

    “for it’s one, two , three strikes you’re out

    I watch a group of kids playing
    baseball in a cow pasture.

    “at the old Ball Game.”


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