Gary Sheffield’s Arms Too Short to Box with God

By James Finn Garner

I can be in the outfield and play every day.
I don’t want to DH.
I don’t feel like a baseball player
when I DH.

I don’t know how to be a leader that I am
from the bench.

I can’t be a vocal leader.
I can’t talk to guys from the bench
because
I don’t feel right about it.

A voice whispers, But you agreed to come to the Tigers knowing you would DH.

I

understood that,

but in my mind
I’m not going to
accept that.

That’s my role,
but I don’t have to
accept it
or
like it.

Taken from quotes in a Boston Globe interview, 8/11/08

Posted 8/25/08 


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  1. Baseball Poetry, Courtesy of Sheff : The Daily Fungo | A Detroit Tigers Blogazine wrote,

    […] friends at Bardball.com recently posted some contemporary verse spoken by His Eloquence, Gary Sheffield. Here’s a taste: I can be in the outfield and play […]

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