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Did you ever wonder why baseball players have to spit and play with their stuff?



I was scanning the tube last night in utter despair

Searching for something to watch on the air

Purely by accident I came upon something I had not seen in years

The baseball playoffs, how wonderful, it almost brought me to tears

How exciting, I thought, as I made sure I was on HD

I drew close to the screen to make sure I could see

The first thing I noticed was that the player’s names were shrouded in haze

No Mantle, No Aaron, No Clemente, No Mays

What’s happened to baseball, I thought to myself?

What’s happened to yesterday and pride in one’s self?

The next thing I notice in clear high definition

Is close up of players chewing and spitting      

   They spit giant globs of what I don’t know

and we have to watch as if they are putting on a show.

The camera shifts to the field and close ups are shown

of guy’s adjusting their stuff as if they thought they were alone

Alone, In front of 150 million viewers? Give me a break

It’s part of the game they fervently think.

A little pull here a tug and here and there

These guys are exhibitionists and they flat just don’t care.

If watching football or basketball you don’t have to watch

as guys play with themselves and play pool in their crotch.

Baseball has lost its allure and the reason requires only a glance

They can only blame themselves for their hands in their pants

©Copyright Charlie Gragg Oct. 16, 2009

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shallenemcgrath commented on Baseball


I love baseball and I love baseball poems. Hampton you should read Train64's "Growing Up Stupid" It is a great Baseball poem.



I will do so.

coacher commented on Baseball


Great humor. I am a retired baseball coach and now a baseball field groundskeeper and you are right on. It is a different game. The players have more superstitions and Idiosyncrasies than players in any other sport.I also agree that we miss Mantle, Mays, and the players who played for the love of the game.



Glad to have your comments. Thanks.

Charlie23 commented on Baseball


Lol, always love your humor, Hampton! They do seem to go hand in hand with baseball!



Thank you for dropping by my place.

JCKasper commented on Baseball


How True! What happened to the Glory Days? Unfortunately, they have given way to 'Show Me The Money!' Gone are the days of Christie Matthews, Hornsby, Yastremski,



Your words are always music to my ears so write on. Thanks.



I wasn't finished, but I guess that was enough!

dahlusion commented on Baseball


You humor never disappoints me. This is like daring sports commentator releasing his pent-up opinion.



You are absolutely right. Thanks for your comments.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30