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Sport No time for poetry: The flourishes of baseball's opening day will have to wait

00:10  27 march  2020
00:10  27 march  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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An old ball writer used to say all the poets came out on opening day. He’d say so caustically, which is how old ball writers tend to say things, like an overdone dialect.

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He was put out, I presumed, over the longer walk from the parking lot, which was full on opening day, and the 20-deep line at lunch, and the shrunken elbow room in the press box, and the fact nobody cared much about what he thought of the fresh poets being around for a day.

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No time to wait till her mouth can. Enrich that smile her eyes began. The celebrated opening of his wise little poem "Leisure" has its origins here."[2]. Stonesifer traces the central idea to a number of Davies' other poems - " The housebuilder" (from the 1914 The Bird of Paradise), "A Happy Life" and

He no doubt still says so, still feels it, protecting his turf from those who don’t know a manager from a coach or a balk from a, OK, a balk. As though the turf, from parking lot to desktop and back, were his. Most folks stopped paying him any mind thirty-some years ago.

If there is a time for poetry, or fat-fingered stabs at poetry, it is opening day. Long walks in woods, falling in love, falling out of love, justice, injustice, gardens with flowers and stuff, dying slowly, dying quickly, the first afternoon of baseball. That’s pretty much the list. Maybe an occasional bird teetering on the bust of a Titan war god.

Surely it’s a big day for literature when all the ball writers come out.

I’ve seen some opening days professionally, the last 15 in a row, maybe 10 others before those, and another 25 when the stabs at poetry stayed in my head, where they typically belonged anyway. There are no winners in any of those memories, strangely, or losers, no seasons made or unmade. 

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I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all times , Now it flows unto us, we are rightly charged. Here rises the fluid and attaching character (The herbs of the morning sprout no fresher and sweeter every day out of the roots of themselves, than it sprouts fresh and sweet continually out of itself.)

Lyrics: If I could save time in a bottle The first thing that I'd like to do Is to save every day 'Til eternity passes away Just to spend them with you If I

Baseball gets washed away most nights anyway. There’d be more tomorrow.

So come the iconic moments and the idiosyncratic ones, the short bouts of celebration and despair, and the beer and the banners. Sometimes life and baseball happen when everybody is watching, on the holiday that is opening day, in a place all dressed up with everywhere to go.

On opening day in 1947, summer clears its throat, gets a good stretch, and presents Jackie Robinson in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform.

On opening day in about any year, the guy from the local paper shows up in the tie he owns.

On the final day of March, 2011, against the San Francisco Giants, Clayton Kershaw, 23, becomes every inch the pitcher who would win three Cy Young Awards and an MVP Award in four seasons, the first of 126 starts that would be this: 72-26, 2.11 ERA, 948 strikeouts and 200 walks. (Two years and a day later, Kershaw continues to be that pitcher, going nine innings and homering in a shutout of the Giants.)

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Opening Day has been pushed back to mid-May and it could be pushed back further depending how the next few weeks unfold. I expect us to have baseball at some point in 2020. While we wait for the 2020 season begin, I thought it would be a good time to look ahead to the 2021 season.

Audio Poems . Poem of the Day . Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today. Tomorrow will be dying. Almost forgotten in the 18th century, and in the 19th century alternately applauded for his poetry ’ s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,” Robert Herrick is, in the latter

On a Friday morning in the Bronx in 1998, the columnist arrives with a clunk and introduces himself. Five hours later, he closes his laptop and says, “OK, see you in October.” He knew a good team when he saw one.

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On opening day, Willie Mays arrives in a New York Mets uniform. Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs. Hank Aaron hits his 714th. Mo Vaughn falls down the stairs in Anaheim. On opening day in 1995, a strike ended. At Shibe Park in 1920, Babe Ruth became a Yankee.

In 1997, Marge Schott held out her hand as an offering to a stranger. At the moment the stranger identified himself as the new reporter for the local paper, she recoiled, retracted her hand and made a face and noise reserved for a mouthful of turned shrimp.

On opening day in 1940, Bob Feller threw a no-hitter. In 1998, Mark McGwire hit the first of 70 home runs. In 1973, nearly 75,000 people went to a Cleveland Indians game. (The next day, not 11,000 people went. The Indians finished in last place that year.) Walter Johnson threw seven shutouts on opening days. Opening days have been held in Mexico, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. Also Canada.

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No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this is if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. Comments about Leisure by William Henry Davies. Abdul Wahab Arif (2/6/2020 8:32:00 AM). Great poem for little kids (Report) Reply.

The next day Sampson was in school again, much as usual. That night the third and last incident in my story happened. We — McLeod and I — slept in a bedroom the windows of which looked out at the main building of the school. Sally thought that at lunchtime they would have .

In most years, the press box would be crawling with writers ready to get their first glimpse of a new season's team. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports In most years, the press box would be crawling with writers ready to get their first glimpse of a new season's team. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) And in an Anaheim press box in 1993 a writer closed his computer, sighed and announced, “Well, they can’t all be horses--- if the first one isn’t horses---,” and the streak was on. So much for the poetry.

What’s left is holding the note, the “free” of the national anthem, for 15 seconds while everyone muses, “All right already, let’s get on with it.” Except that’s the performer’s moment of poetry. Everybody gets one. And the crowd, shoulder to shoulder and 40 or 50,000 deep, musters a tired wave, reaching for its theatrical flair. People who saw each other just the night before shake hands, because of the occasion, because it is an occasion, because there is formality to balloons and fireworks and doves and displays of military might and a ballgame whose final score will be forgotten by the time the loudspeakers cool.

Except for today. There will be no final scores. No handshakes. Not a single player will begin the finest season of his life. Or his most unworthy. The hopeful poets will stay home.

Baseball season wanders toward summer, without the baseball. There will be plenty said, plenty written, about what comes next, the particulars of a game swallowed by an event so much greater than itself

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None of it will be poetry. None of it will try.

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