1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
    Boston Lad
    USA
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    25 Jun '13 10:09
    "Baseball"

    It looks easy from a distance,
    easy and lazy, even,
    until you stand up to the plate
    and see the fastball sailing inside,
    an inch from your chin,
    or circle in the outfield
    straining to get a bead
    on a small black dot
    a city block or more high,
    a dark star that could fall
    on your head like a leaden meteor.

    The grass, the dirt, the deadly hops
    between your feet and overeager glove:
    football can be learned,
    and basketball finessed, but
    there is no hiding from baseball
    the fact that some are chosen
    and some are not—those whose mitts
    feel too left-handed,
    who are scared at third base
    of the pulled line drive,
    and at first base are scared
    of the shortstop's wild throw
    that stretches you out like a gutted deer.

    There is nowhere to hide when the ball's
    spotlight swivels your way,
    and the chatter around you falls still,
    and the mothers on the sidelines,
    your own among them, hold their breaths,
    and you whiff on a terrible pitch
    or in the infield achieve
    something with the ball so
    ridiculous you blush for years.
    It's easy to do. Baseball was
    invented in America, where beneath
    the good cheer and sly jazz the chance
    of failure is everybody's right,
    beginning with baseball.

    (John Updike)

    Note: That's me, "The Vacuum Cleaner" at First Base in Little League. lol
    Terrific Close, "Baseball was invented in America... " (gb)

    http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2013/06/25
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    25 Jun '13 15:341 edit
    If you have a chance, Grampy, read Don DeLillo's re-telling of Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World". Pick up the novel Underworld at your local library. The story is the opening to the book.
  3. Standard memberbill718
    Enigma
    Seattle
    Joined
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    Moves
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    25 Jun '13 18:354 edits
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]"Baseball"

    It looks easy from a distance,
    easy and lazy, even,
    until you stand up to the plate
    and see the fastball sailing inside,
    an inch from your chin,
    or circle in the outfield
    straining to get a bead
    on a small black dot
    a city block or more high,
    a dark star that could fall
    on your head like a leaden meteor.

    Th America... " (gb)

    http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2013/06/25[/b]
    Yeah...let's all break out our Norman Rockwell prints, and shed a tear of joy for America's game. ***REALITY CHECK*** It's just an inferior brand of cricket that the America scammed off of Europe!
  4. Joined
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    25 Jun '13 18:40
    Originally posted by bill718
    Yeah...let's all break out our Norman Rockwell prints, and shed a tear of joy for America's game. ***REALITY CHECK*** It's just an inferior brand of cricket that the America scammed off of Europe!
    Change the record, you're a bore.
  5. Standard memberbill718
    Enigma
    Seattle
    Joined
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    Moves
    3298
    25 Jun '13 23:20
    Originally posted by Zamboner
    Change the record, you're a bore.
    OOPS...sorry, (another inconvienent truth slips out)😉
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