(6.09 No.64 — 162 Baseball Poems 2015)

By Steve Hermanos

I believe in celebrating every happy thing,
Trying not to let the bad stuff dominate;
So I’m sipping
My first cup of coffee
In three years,
Honoring last night’s Chris Heston no-hitter,
Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants,
Vs. The Mets,
(Our offspring,
Left on the doorstep of Flushing);

Mets fans are whining,
About plate umpire Rob Drake’s,
Expansive strike zone,
And maybe they’re whining about Mets
100 MPH pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s
2-4 record, his 4.15 ERA;

Hopewell Junction New York’s Joey Panik,
Of the Giants,
Brought 100 fans,
And Manhattan’s Finnerty’s Bar
(Lovers of the Giants),
Brought a few hundred,
Lots of orange-and-black amidst
The Mets’ orange-and-(Dodger) blue;

Those hundreds erupted at Joey Panik’s
7th inning monster homer;
They drowned out Mets fans
Celebrating each Chris Heston out in the 8th,
And 9th;

And Mets fans, as most fans would,
As the outs mounted towards 27,
Came over to the orange side,
Cheering the potential
Historical mile marker,
“I Was There”;

Chris Heston,
Who was released by the Giants in 2013,
And when no team thought his potential worthy
Of the major leagues,
The Giants took him back;

Chris Heston,
Whose high school coach
Flew from Florida
To watch the game;

Chris Heston,
Who wouldn’t be on the team,
Except for Matt Cain’s mauled elbow;

Chris Heston,
Worthy of a Buster Posey end-of-game
As the team rushes from the dugout,
Mets fans exhult;

Let us celebrate,
These Giants,
The first team since the
’62-’65 Dodgers,
With 4 no-hitters in 4 years;

Didn’t those Dodgers have pitchers named
Koufax and Drysdale and Claude Osteen?

Didn’t they win multiple World Series?

And look,
There is Madison Bumgarner,
Smilingly standing to the side
Of the crowd around Chris Heston,
Bumgarner who pulled the Giants to
World Series glory,
Bumgarner, who was Sportsman of the Year;
He ain’t got no no-hitters.

—end of poem


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