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Old 10-03-2018, 12:57 PM
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Default A Poem -- Cubbies Not At Bat

Like everyone here, I followed the last couple nights with trepidation. When the end mercifully came, I saw a literary parallel. Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" sets the stage nicely.

Here, then, is an homage to Thayer and a historical summary. I call it "Cubbies Not At Bat," but you might have a better title. Apologies to Mr. Thayer.



The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Clark Street nine that day:
October loomed so large with but one game now left to play.
And then when Murphy died on base, and Baez did the same,
A rumbling murmur rolled across the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair to tell
How they survived the dreadful night without their Zinfandel.
Those that stayed said, “Joe knows best. I know he’ll find a way.
Could be pajamas, hair dye, or a mime thrown in the fray.”

But Milwaukee beat them 3 to 1, to slow their urgent quest,
Then Colorado came to town to claim they were the best.
So upon the stricken bleacher bros grim melancholy lay,
For there seemed but little chance of Theo’s boys to win the day.

But Baez drove in T-Gore, to the wonderment of all.
(But they also cheer each popup with a screeching, noisy bawl.)
And when the dust had lifted and they looked up from their phones,
Their darlings had now tied the game, amid the shouts and moans.

Then from the crowd and from the press they rose as one in thrall,
It rumbled through the narrow aisles, through crowded men’s room stalls,
It shook the dismal upper deck and swallowed all in sound,
For Maddon, mystic Maddon, was going back upon the mound.

The eyes were all upon him as he signaled to the pen,
He loves to use relievers, just never quite sure when.
It’s Strop, then Hamels, use them all! He knew they had the time;
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ‘twas Maddon in his prime.

From the benches thick with people, there came a growing noise,
Like that heard when Bozo’s Circus entertained the girls and boys.
Impatience passed among the throng, they wanted this wrapped up.
For is it not their destiny to not be runners-up?

Eight innings melted into nine, then into ten, and more;
The North Side teddies could not seem to bring home one more score.
Then come thirteen, the Rockies struck, with no outs left to go;
But no, they cried, this cannot be! We’re counting on you, Joe!

Oh, somewhere in the lush North Side, the sun shines in the arbor;
The Tribune has long gone to press, and Kaplan wants Bryce Harper.
And somewhere bros are laughing, and somewhere trixies shout,
But there is not joy on Clark Street – Maddon's Cubbies have struck out.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:59 PM
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Are you a professional poet or songwriter? Sure seems like it. Great stuff.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:59 PM
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As usual, a masterpiece...
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:08 PM
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Brilliant stuff as always, teb. Don't ever stop writing the way you do.
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:19 PM
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Great stuff! I hope some Cub fans get to read it.
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Well done, sir.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:28 PM
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Bravo.
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Default It might need a tweak, but brilliant anyhoo

Wolters drove in the winner for the Rockies. Baez drove in Gore to tie the score. Poetic license, I know....
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:18 PM
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Quote:
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Wolters drove in the winner for the Rockies. Baez drove in Gore to tie the score. Poetic license, I know....
Nice catch. I'll cop a plea by saying I drafted this epic at work this morning and was often distracted. In order to earn a poetic license, though, one should strive for accuracy.

I think this correction improves the poem's litWAR (literary works above replacement) to -2.3 from -3.6.

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