PENNANT RACE 20 CODICIL: A SEASON OF BASEBALL WITH A PLANE TO CATCH

PENNANT RACE 20 CODICIL: A SEASON OF BASEBALL WITH A PLANE TO CATCH

Back in about 2007, my friend d.t. took a few pictures of me pretending to play baseball at the Brighton High School Field. They were for part of a match.com montage for me produced by d.t. No names will be mentioned, but d.t.’s montage proved to be successful.

In Bill Pruitt offers “Pennant Race in the Plague Year, Or Ohtani’s Quadruple Twenty in 2020” Bill Pruitt correctly predicted a 2020 baseball season would occur. He was off by a about 50 games on how long the season will be. Little matter. Today, Bill offers a codicil.

PENNANT RACE 20 CODICIL: A SEASON OF BASEBALL WITH A PLANE TO CATCH

Is this the Youth of a Thousand Summers? Nothing changed except
they’re starting in warm weather, which benefits the pitchers
if they’re ready. (except  they won’t be.) A sixty-game schedule also
helps pitching staffs, who won’t get overworked, unless
they rear like high-strung racehorses at the snake of strangeness
that is MLB in 2020. And they’re not sitting on the bench together.
And how did that runner get to second base at the beginning
of extra-inning games? You got a plane to catch?
Except a DH in the NL bodes not well.
And don’t get me started on the swoosh.

And who’s that in the stands? No one,
Except a camera. Must be Sauron.

Back in about 2007, my friend d.t. took a few pictures of me pretending to play baseball at the Brighton High School Field. They were for part of a match.com montage for me produced by d.t. No names will be mentioned, but d.t.’s montage proved to be successful.

This is not the Youth of a Thousand Summers.
This is the Crone of Counterfeit
And she’s doing her wobbly best
to make us think she’s baseball,
as one by one the players drop off
and what used to be September call up turns to triage

Or the Union throws up its hands and says No mas.
The good thing is that the athletes, modeling caution
will demonstrate to infantile fans the need to mask,
especially if one young specimen in the prime of health,
contracts the bug & dies. Game over.

There is a beneficiary of this weirdness where players
throw and swing and run and play
while trying to stay out of Covid’s way.
They will ease up on the Asstrolls,
everyone so concerned about staying healthy
they might decide to not stick it to the Houston hitters
for their garbage can lid World Series win in 17

Not that it matters in the standings, Astersisks have the curse anyway
So it plays out as we’ve told if players’ health prevails:
Card beats Braves, then get steamrolled by the jacked up Dodgers, who go 59-1.
Angels beat the Yankees in this year of Ohtani who goes 10-0
(including the playoffs), and leads the majors with 23 jacks (including the playoffs)
who hits a walk-off to break up Kershaw’s perfecto in the seventh game
of the all-LA World Series, or as it will otherwise be known,
the World Series when the FBI stopped the Queen of Hearts at gunpoint,
waiting for takeoff,  screamIng OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! at the lights on the runway

SEE

Bill Pruitt offers “Pennant Race in the Plague Year, Or Ohtani’s Quadruple Twenty in 2020”

 

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dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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