Unwanted History (Orioles/White Sox, April 29, 2015)

by Stephen Jones

In Baltimore today,
Because of instability,
Baseball’s being played
Behind close-door security.
With no fans’ cheers or jeers,
With no waves or foam fingers . . .
It’s a sad baseball first.

In 1857, 16 teams
Were organized in New York.
And nationwide, by ’65,
It was well over a hundred.
History says, even in war
No game’s been played
Without some fan present.

But today Camden Yards is empty–
It’s empty of its soul.
Ticket holders have been told
To stay away
Because of violence in the streets–
And the only way to see the game
Is via cable at home.

I’d rather throw a baseball . . .
Not a rock.


Published in Ballparks, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Fans, Free Verse, History, Scandals, The Game Itself | Link to this poem | 3 Comments

Unwanted History (Orioles/White Sox, April 29, 2015): 3 Comments

  1. Jay Kenny wrote,

    Good verse, but as for the game, it would have been more reasonable to postpone it.

  2. Jean Chen wrote,

    Great poem, but a sad commentary.

  3. Jean Chen wrote,

    Did you receive my sad comment about the ballgame.
    Thanks for keeping us posted on all your poems. J&A

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