Friday, June 6, 2008

200th Post!

Is it really my 200th post!? Wow, I need a vacation. And a life. Away from the computer!

So today we are not only celebrating my 200th post but also the end of T-ball season! Big pup's team played their last game Tuesday. I'm so glad it's over. With 2 practices each week and at least one game a week, I wasn't the only one getting a little burnt out on baseball. I think all the kids were ready for the season to end, too. Big pup had fun, though, and now he wants to play soccer in the fall. Oh, joy.

Hey, know what else happened this past Tuesday? Only the 120 year anniversary of the poem Casey at the Bat. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888 by Ernest L. Thayer. It didn't become famous until a couple of months later when it was performed by a comedian in New York with NY and Chicago baseball players in attendance.

Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, "If only Casey could but get a whack at that--
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despis├Ęd, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile lit Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt;
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped--
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one!" the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand;
And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Casey still ignored it and the umpire said, "Strike two!"

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!"
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate,
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate;
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville--mighty Casey has struck out.

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  1. Perfect poem for the end of t-ball. We start flag football in our world next week.

    Congrats on your 200th post! Blog on!

  2. HAPPY 200!!!!

    And may you reach 200 more!

  3. Happy 200!!!
    Woo Hoo! Keep it up!

  4. Happy 200th post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck on the giveaway! :-)


  5. (Late) congrats on your 200th is going to take me a long time to get that far!
    I love your blog, your recipes are all fabulous (and yummy!) :)

  6. Thanks for all the congrats! That certainly helps keep me motivated!


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