Is Baseball Too Slow for Modern Times?

by Stephen Jones

If you breathe analytics
And you eat numeral cryptics…
You will probably say so.

(And don’t forget the younger fanbase.
It wants everything like a race,

Where even a ballpark’s serenity
May get tweaked by “modernity”.)

But if you sit in the stadium,
Where its roar is like an ocean…
Most will definitely say “No”.

(For them, it’s like a small vacation
From the day-to-day vexation;

For them, it’s like a vertical beach,
With dog and beer in easy reach.)

Timeless, baseball’s a contradiction;
That’s a part of its evolution.
It’s a “hurry up” place … to go slow.

 


Published in Ballparks, Fans, Food, Free Verse, The Game Itself, Youth | Link to this poem | 2 Comments

Is Baseball Too Slow for Modern Times?: 2 Comments

  1. Bob Davis wrote,

    Nice!

  2. Jay Kenny wrote,

    True: still a pastoral game in an age of wires, steel & concrete where people come to breathe something besides gas fumes.

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