Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Ode to Baseball #1
by Robert Francis
His art is eccentricity, his aim
How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at.
His passion how to avoid the obvious,
His technique how to vary the avoidance.
The others throw to be comprehended. He
Throws to be a moment misunderstood.
Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,
But every seeming aberration willed.
Not to, yet still, still to communicate
Making the batter understand too late.
(From my friend, Lane Denson, in his daily column OUT OF NOWHERE)
That, of course, is the great Cy Young, from a Baseball Card, circa 1911.
Oh, and GO BOSTON RED SOX!!!