Up Next…

The Bottom of Nine

Trailing by two in the bottom of nine,
A single, then double, stroked down the line,
On second and third they jostle about,
While eight and nine both swing and strike out.

Ace steps to the plate, set on a mission,
Wielding his bat with reckless precision,
Direct from the mound comes a red-stitched pearl,
Did he throw straight heat or spin up the curl?

Nary a twitch as it whizzes on by,
“Strike!” shouts the Umpire,
“Hey blue, check your eye!”
Not even close, ’bout a foot off the edge,
The Babe couldn’t hit that with a six-foot sledge.

Next comes a bender, left hung out to dry,
The crack of the bat, it’s a monstrous fly,
If it stays fair it’ll sail off in the night,
Instead, it drifts foul, a long and loud strike!

It plays in his head, his one final swing,
If he barrels one up, he’d walk off a king,
Rounding the bases, his teammates in wait,
High fives all round should he cross the plate.

Now back in the box, lay claim to his ground,
Digging a foot in while eyeing the mound,
The 0-2 offer sails up under his chin,
As the closer flashes a wink and a grin.

Ace waits while the backstop relays the signs,
Then into his motion, the pitcher unwinds,
Bringing the heat with paint on the corner,
A swing and a miss, “Strike three!”
Game over.

Photo Credits: Greg Glazebrook @ GMG Photography.
Copyright 2018/2022 Greg Glazebrook, All Rights Reserved.

5 thoughts on “Up Next…

    1. Gr8BigFun Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Michael. Summer is here and baseball is on my mind! The picture is of my son when he was 15 and still had big league dreams.

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    1. Gr8BigFun Post author

      I am a #NextLevel #BlueJays fan and Berrios has been fun to watch. A couple of shaky starts this year but he is a horse, and a class act too.



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