Saturday, December 7, 2019

Waiting for Cole

CASHMAN: Still no word.

HAL: (despairingly). You're sure he likes us?

CASHMAN: He seemed to like us.

HAL: But you do not know he likes us?

CASHMAN: He said he likes us.

HAL: But he has not called or texted.

CASHMAN: He wanted to wait. (They stare at the tree.) What should we do?

HAL: We can trade Andujar.

CASHMAN: (Sighs) I do not wish to trade Andujar.
HAL: He would fetch something of value.

CASHMAN: I do not wish to trade Andujar.

HAL: It would save money.

CASHMAN: True. (Responding to a sound.) What's that? Did you hear that?

HAL: I heard nothing.

CASHMAN: It sounded like a cell phone.

HAL: I heard nothing.

CASHMAN: (Takes out cell phone, studies it, shakes it, puts it back.) Perhaps he will call or text tomorrow.

HAL: Or the day after tomorrow.

CASHMAN: He should call. 

HAL: So... we wait?

CASHMAN: Are we not born mad? Doomed to live meaningless lives on moonlit fields, waiting for stars that never descend, for answers that never come? 

(They wait for 60 seconds, symbolizing the passage of a minute.)

HAL: You know, a lot of teams want Andujar...


13bit said...

Genius, Duque

The Continuing Saga of Hal and Boo

Local Bargain Jerk said...

Nicely done, Maestro Duque.

Unknown said...

I always love this series in the blog

Anonymous said...

El Duque,

You have taken your place among the great Spanish named baseball themed modernist writers of all time. Ramón María del Valle-Inclán y de la “Tony” Peña and Antonio “Manny” Machado and could not have done better.

Doug K.

13bit said...

"Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit from the poor lemon is impossible to eat."

ranger_lp said...

@el duque: Nothing can be closer to the truth...

JM said...

Waiting is the hardest part. Especially when you know that what you're actually waiting for is nothing more than disappointment.

This is the existential pain of Yankee fans for ten years now. Everything ends with the same anguish, whether it's action not taken or action taken by the bumblers in management.

Larry Rothschild is the new pitching coach of the Royals. Watch. Next year, all of their starters will win 20, and they'll nail the division even though the team batting average is .220.

Just very slightly behind the season BA for Sanchez.

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Anonymous said...

duque, Spot on, except you left out "chenga-te, Maese Hal". LB (No J)

TheWinWarblist said...

Duque, Duque, Duque ...

Anonymous said...


Larry is now the Padres coach.

Doug K

HoraceClarke66 said...

Duque, you are outdoing yourself with this one. The Hunt for Cole is driving you to new heights!

JM said...

Doug--I meant the Padres. My fingers insisted on Royals.

Goddamn autofingers.