Friday, April 16, 2010

"The Last Time I Saw Maris"

A salute to Yankee great Roger Maris, posted yesterday on Bardball:

The Last Time I Saw Maris

by Joe Pacheco

The last time I saw Maris
His hair was thin and gray,
He'd only hit just one home run
Since last Memorial Day.

The last time I saw Maris
His record still at risk,
In Babe Ruth’s town they’d brought him down
With bogus asterisk.

He smiled through all the muted cheers
That he had heard for years,
The chorus of ingratitude
Still ringing in his ears.

The last time I saw Maris
Was on Old-Timers Day,
Before the steroid sluggers
Came to batter his fame away.


el duque said...

He should be in the Hall.

So should this poem.

Joe DePastry said...

I'm dreading the countdown when A-Weird approaches Bratty Bonds' record. I have to root for him to hit homers to help the Yanks win, but hearing all the talk about one fraud chasing another fraud's record will make me want to puke.