Mariners/Athletics in Tokyo

by Stephen Jones

How hollow it seems
that the opening game
of the season was in Japan

The market deemed,
baseball explained,
it’s now international pastime

Yes, “changing times”
& “good for the game”
are the general conclusion

However the explanation
what’s missed is tradition
opening day at home field


Published in Free Verse, History, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, The Game Itself | Link to this poem | 3 Comments

Mariners/Athletics in Tokyo: 3 Comments

  1. Jay Kenny wrote,

    It does make me wonder: does the Japanese Prime Minister throw out the first pitch?

  2. Hilary Barta wrote,

    Though the scorers installed can’t be fairer
    In Japan they play ball in sheer terror
    When a flub is comitted
    The poor schlub is self-slitted
    Hara-kiri is called for an error.

  3. stu wrote,

    Nothing more boring than opening day starting at 6:00 AM.

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