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Baseball Belongs
by Steve Joos

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This is the prequel to a poem which I have previously posted on It deals with the decline of baseball as out national pastime, with a tip of the hat to the Midwest and of course, the Yankees. I built a newspaper column around this piece in 1998 and it was published in the anthology "Treasured Poems of America" in 1999. This is also part of a collection I would like to e-publish entitled "The Flip Side".

Baseball Belongs

Baseball belongs

to another place, another time,

another season, another rhyme

to radios and black and white,

Dizzy, Peewee and the like.

Of lazy days which just drift by

And ballparks where the sun

must shine, as the Babe hits them

high, far and gone.

To hot dogs, pop and beer

peanuts only found here,

Ballantine blasts for the Mick,

The Man, Gibby and Falstaff.

Grainy pictures and memories

for 40-year-old, 60-year-old

little boys and Bleacher Bums

watching Pete and Mr. Cub.

The National pastime's

past its time and as we

cry for what was sublime

For baseball belongs

to another time.

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Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
This is so well done!
Reviewed by A PAX
Very well done!!!
Batter up!
Reviewed by Birdie Houston
Home run of a write !
Reviewed by Lawrance Lux
Memories of Dizzy Dean and hot summer days, sometimes pitching into 2&3. lgl
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader)
i'm not much of a sports fan, but do love a well crafted poem regardless of subject matter. nice one.
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme
Read this one before Steve and I still enjoy it :0)
Reviewed by Transcendental Poet (Reader)
Well written piece...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
'Bout time this was addressed! Wonderful write with a great message within! *Play ball!* You hit a *GRAND SLAM* with this one! :D (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Excellent ballgame poem Steve!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Yes, baseball is not what it use to be. The players are nothing without the fans, but somehow the overly paid players think the fans are nothing without the price gouging players, and also the price gouging owners. Terrific write Steve.
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang
I understood. I liked it very much. Nice write!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
I understand all too well, excellent message here, I liked what you had to say here,


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