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 Posted: Mon Apr 7th, 2014 02:20 am
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All the recent snow in Target Field
reminded me of your love of baseball,
but only the Twins, Allison, Boswell,
Rollins, you liked the ordinary

players, the crack of the bat on AM radio,
Herb Carneal’s silk voice, Ray Christensen
the announcers, the background clamor
of a crowd at Met Stadium, cool open air

But no hotdogs, no beer, no hat for you
only your gray plastic radio, the wooden
rolling pin, the pie crust, the flour powder,
your hands clapping it across the table,
sand from my tennis shoes still on the floor

after I would come in, kick them off
by the door, and ask, “Who’s winning?”
as I ran past to the toilet, door ajar
so I could listen to an out or two

You may have answered, didn’t matter
there was another game the next day
anyway but still you cared enough to keep
the radio on the game all the way
to the ninth inning just in case the Twins
snuck home a run to send it to extra innings

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timmy,

Great baseball poem. But of course it is more than about baseball. Much more.

Brings vividness to me of my mother listening to the games, but it was the much forsaken Cubs and the voices of Lou Boudreau and Vince Lloyd.

And Bob Elson with the White Sox for late at for night games.

Still prefer baseball on radio as well as for Blackhawks hockey.

Why is radio better than television? The pictures are better!

"See you on the radio!" - Charles Osgood

"Think when we talk of horses that you see them
printing their proud hooves into the receiving earth."

- William Shakespeare, Henry V- The Chorus

thanks,

IMR

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