Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Real life sometimes gets in the way

Well...in some circles some will call it a failure.  In others it is an opportunity.  I am calling it the latter.  Real life got in the way of writing poems for all 30 baseball teams so they won't be done by the end of October.

So, the natural solution is to keep on writing!  Starting in November there will be a regular post here on something to do with sports...any type.  Eventually all 30 baseball teams will be covered, but other types of sports and writing will be shared here as well.

For those who have followed this blog ThAnk you for your support and kind words. For those who stumble upon this, welcome and come back for more.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Milwaukee Brewers

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers are up and I am trying something else with this one.  I am adding a narrative about some of the items mentioned in the poem to help those readers who are not baseball fans.  Let me know what you think, and thank you for reading.

Beginnings were humble in the Pacific Northwest

Rainouts were common, the team was not blessed

Enter baseball’s big shots, who ordered a move

When the team shifted to Milwaukee, it had a lot to prove.

Everyone watched as this franchise was able to keep

Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, two Hall of Famers

Stay put in Wisconsin, the fans’ favorite big gamers.

The Milwaukee Brewers began as an expansion team, the Seattle Pilots, in 1969 and played one season in Seattle.  The franchise nearly went bankrupt and was ordered to find a new place for the 1970 season.  Bud Selig led a group of owners who moved the team to Milwaukee.

Championships have been very few – the team has only one league championship, an American League pennant in 1982. The franchise is also the only team in baseball history to change leagues since the American League was formed in 1901.  The team shifted to the National League in 1998, when it was necessary to form a 16 team National League due to expansion.

The Brewers also have had two Hall of Fame players, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, play for them.  Yount spent 20 years in baseball, all with the Brewers, and became the third player to win two MVP awards at two different positions.  He won in 1982 as a shortstop and 1989 as a center fielder.  The other two players to do this were Hank Greenberg for Detroit and Stan Musial for St. Louis.

“Big gamer” refers to players who perform well in pressure situations.  Yount and Molitor were noted to do this.  Molitor still holds the record for most base hits in a World Series game when he collected five hits in game four of the 1982 World Series.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Houston Astros

Today's team, the Houston Astros, became the second team to switch leagues, joining the American League in 2013.  While not included in this poem, it adds to the last line because they are still searching for that first title.  Hope you enjoy this poem.  Thank you for reading.

Amazing hits have been swatted, fantastic games hurled;

Some at the Astrodome, the eighth wonder of the world.

Those achievements, sadly, have not led to a ring;

Reasons for this are many, but they all still sting.

Over the years, Houston has yielded many good teams

So the question begs, when will they fulfill dreams?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Los Angeles Angels

One of the craziest names for a sports team - the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - is today's team. Trying to time a post so it will appear in advance since I will be away for a few days and still reaching the goal of a poem each day in October.  Enjoy this one as well.  Thanks for reading!

Anaheim, California or Los Angeles;

No matter which location was used in this team’s name,   

Great stars have shined like halos for the franchise.

Eternally believed to be cursed despite the heavenly nickname.

Losses and tragedies are now a distant memory

Since the franchise has its long-desired championship.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Seattle Mariners

Bringing back some history today with the poem on the Seattle Mariners.  They have had great players even without reaching the World Series - and this poem highlights some of those players.

Most of the glory for this team

Arrived in a young package called “The Kid.”

Ready for the big leagues at nineteen

Into the adult world Ken Griffey Jr. slid.

Never missing a beat, he was soon an All-Star

Even though the team struggled, but help was not far.

Randy and A-Rod and Edgar then followed suit

Soon to give way to Ichiro, and a hitting record to boot.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kansas City Royals

Spotlighting the Kansas City Royals today with one note of explanation.  The poem is about their struggles of recent years, but it should be noted that they had a winning season in 2013, their first in the 21st century.

Regal and pleasant describe waterfalls
Overlooking the stadium outfield walls
Yet they cannot mask the loyal fan's pain
As another bad season spins down the drain.
Losses pile up again; it wasn't always this way
Since many recall the title in their heyday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Texas Rangers

Doing these poems has not only been fun, but they also have made me do a little research on the history of some teams.  Baseball has such a rich history so that task is fun as well.

Today I am writing about the Texas Rangers, a team that was bad for a long time but is now one of the better teams in baseball.  Hope you enjoy it.

Roaming west of D.C. where they were still wanted
Arlington was where they settled, the mission seemed daunted
Never did they have great players or a great team
Going to football territory seemed like a bad dream.
Eventually they wooed fans with good play and good luck
Reaping the benefits of a new division, rising from the muck
Soon they were league champs, using talent, grit and luck.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New York Mets

Today we are heading back to the Big Apple and highlighting the Mets for today's poem.  Enjoy.

Monikers of this team include Amazin' and Miracle
Even "Ya Gotta Believe" was used as an Oracle
Tom Terrific, Doc K and Straw, to name only a few
Show that the stars have great nicknames too.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chicago White Sox

Sticking with Chicago, today's poem is about the other Chicago team, the White Sox.  Another line that begins with X.  Thankfully this is the last one.  Also, the World Series fix mentioned in the first line is something movie buffs may remember.  It was the subject of an excellent movie in 1988 titled Eight Men Out.   Here is today's poem.  Enjoy.

When the World Series fix was outed
Here's the end of baseball, detractors shouted
Indicted and shamed
The guilty players defamed
Enter the era the franchise was routed.

South Side fans suffered, many years passed
One bad season after another, the losses would last
X-rays, however, reveal that the sadness has crashed

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chicago Cubs

Today's poem is about one of the most popular teams, the Chicago Cubs.  "Carey" is legendary announcer Harry Carey, the song is Take Me Out to the Ballgame.  With only four lines for this one had to choose the subjects carefully!  Enjoy.

Cursed by a billy goat, playing in a cozy park
Undying love from fans who give the team a spark
Boosted by Carey, who led the grand old song
Sun drenched bleacher bums would sing right along

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Colorado Rockies

Looking out across the river and seeing the beautiful mountains made me think of poetry. However, not being sure that I could come up with one that would be appropriate with my theme for this challenge, I decided to write about the team with the name closest to those images, the Colorado Rockies.  Enjoy.

Rarified air lifting fly balls

Out of the park, over the walls.

Coors Field was where this took place

Killed by a humidor, no more hits into space.

In oh-seven, after so much mediocrity,

Epic wins took place in Colorado’s capital city.

So now the franchise does not garner pity.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cleveland Indians

Continuing with the baseball teams, here is today's poem on the Cleveland Indians.  The "mistake by the lake" is their old stadium.  Now they play at Progressive Field, which was one of the first stadiums built in the current them of "retro" ballparks. Enjoy.

In the cavern called the Mistake by the Lake,

Nary had a fan cared, not enough to stay awake.

Dreary baseball was played here for many years;

In stepped new owners who wanted to hear cheers.

A shiny new park was built, stars were kept instead of traded,

Now this team was popular, terrific, no longer jaded.

Scoring new fans in the process, bad memories quickly faded.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies

Today's poem is about a franchise with an overall lackluster history but it has had some great moments as well.  Enjoy this poem on the Philadelphia Phillies

Players dread coming to Philly; from the stands comes that sound
Hearing the boos cascade from the toughest fans around.
If you wonder why they treat the team in such a rude manner
Losing ten thousand games will rarely produce a championship banner
Leads aren't always safe since losing a big one in sixty-four
Ironically they won the division when the Mets collapsed even more.
Even a franchise as down on its luck like this one
Somehow has great years for at least two World Series has it won.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cincinnati Reds

Today's selection is about the first.professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds.  For a long time they played the first game every season to signify this status.  While that is no longer the case this poem pays homage to that tradition.  Enjoy!

Ready every year to usher in a new dream
Every season they play first as the first team.
Dreadful years as well as great ones have been seen
Seventy-five and six were best for the Big Red Machine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oakland Athletics

Back on track with the poems on each team.  Today's team is another one currently participating in the playoffs, the Oakland Athletics.  They are often called the A's for short, but that would be cheating I'd I used THAT name for the poem!  :)  Thank you for stopping by and enjoy!

After fifty years of leadership by the great Connie Mack
This franchise was tumultuous, stability did it lack
Having moved from Philly to KC then the east side of the Bay
Losing became normal, expected, the usual way
Ending this slide was eventually achieved.
Thanks to Jackson, Blue and Hunter, wins came many a night
Interest in the team was high as were locker room fights
Champions of the world for three straight seasons
Seen as a great collection of talent, defying rhyme or reason

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A random baseball poem

Admittedly I almost forgot my post today.  A team acrostic is ready and written on paper back in my office but lacking that, I am sharing a short poem on why I love baseball tonight for the day's poem, then back to the theme tomorrow.  Hey, there are only 30 teams and 31 days in October...So this is that one extra poem needed.

A bat, a ball and a glove
Simple tools for the game we love.
Throw a pitch that's called a strike
Hear the cheers as that's what we like.
Three of them will result in an out
Then you will surely hear a shout
For the batter sulks back to his spot on the bench
Feeling like he will drown in a trench.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates

Today's team is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even though they are doing well this seqson, they have had many poor seasons recently and this poem reflects that.  Enjoy!

Pittsburgh loves its baseball whether good or bad
In recent years, mostly the latter - how sad
Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner and Stargell, also called Pops
All were key players when they were champs, not the recent flops.
They were "family" in seventy-nine, that memorable year
Even down three to one in the Series, they had nothing to fear.
Since then, however, the fans have been crying in their beer

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays

For day #6 of the October poetry challenge, here is another acrostic for one of the teams participating in this year's playoffs.  Enjoy this selection about the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rarely were there dreams and hopes,     

Awful clubs made fans feel like dopes.

Young and old alike have called Tampa Bay home,

Soaring now to new heights at the Tropicana Field dome. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Detroit Tigers

Continuing with the theme of acrostic poems for baseball teams, today's selection is another team in this year's playoffs with a long tradition of outstanding players and seasons.  Enjoy this poem on the Detroit Tigers.

Ty Cobb got it started, Detroit’s parade of stars,

In line were other blessed in the city that builds cars.

Gibson, Greenburg, Kaline, and Cash

Even Trammel and Whitaker, double plays in a flash.

Revered by the city for championships won,

Sixty-eight and eighty-four were years they were number one.

Friday, October 4, 2013

St.Louis Cardinals

Today's poem is about one of the most successful and best run sports franchises, the St.Louis Cardinals.

Crimson-clad fans flock to the games
Always supportive, many gents and dames.
Redbird titles are many, success has been found
Due to tradition of practices that are sound.
In eleven seasons, the Cards were baseball's kings
No other team not named Yankees has that many rings.
All Stars like Musial, Dizzy, Gibson and Smith
Loved to play here and the fame it came with.
Saint Louis baseball tradition is real, not just a myth.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Atlanta Braves

Today's team is the Atlanta Braves and the most famous player who has played for them also figures prominently in this selection.

Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta; each has been a home
Revered and reviled, on different paths did players comb.
Aaron is the best of them, the true home run king
Very gracious and humble, the man and his swing
Even though his number has now been surpassed
Some say the Hammer will never be out-classed.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Boston Red Sox

Since the first poem of the month was about the Yankees, naturally the next one should be about the Boston Red Sox.  Biggest challenge thus far as I had to find a good word beginning with X for the last line.  But I got one, so here is today's poem.

Rarely does a mythical "curse"
Envelop a franchise like the curse of the Bambino
Did to this team and its loyal fans.

Since it was lifted, however
One can see the fans' passion, like
Xenon flashes that never dim.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New York Yankees

My first poem for the October Poem a Day challenge!  I decided to take my love of sports and use that as my theme.  I then thought gee, 30 baseball teams...30 poems if I write one for each team.  There's the idea and inspiration...one poem each day for one team.  The 31st poem for October will be baseball related but as of now, to be determined.

I will start with the most recognizable team.  Even non-baseball fans know about the New York Yankees.  In that spirit, I am starting the month of baseball acrostics with the Yankees.

Yesterday's legends are famous: Ruth, Gehrig, Berra
Adored by young and old alike
Newcomers strive to do the same
Keeping the tradition alive.
Every year the only goal is to win it all
Even if the other teams are better
Since twenty-seven championships are not enough.