Division Series, Day 1

Days later we’ll watch replays as the game.
A web gem–a would-be home run they rob.
The ball is live and everything’s the same
It’s just fielders who carry out their job.

Or bases, extra taken, or a steal.
The run is uncertain, but what you need
For baserunning success shows up, is real.
The smart signal. The unseen burst of speed.

Today we watch replays of when play stops.
The home run leaves the yard and dies. We view
It in slow motion. A camera angle crops
The screen, zooms it in, but there’s nothing new.

Or watch a pitcher approach the dugout,
His job done, like that’s what the game’s about.

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