THE GOOD NEWS: JOEY PANIK, ALL-STAR

THE GOOD NEWS: JOEY PANIK, ALL-STAR

(7.07 No.72 — 162 Baseball Poems 2015)

By Steve Hermanos

Joey Panik rushes out of Bruce Bochy’s office,
Bochy just having informed Panik
That Panik
Is now
All-Star Joey Panik,
Will be playing second base,
For the National League,
In Cincinnati next week;

A manager’s job,
Is full of talking about things gone wrong,
About trying to keep bad things from happening;

And now,
To give out pure good news,
To watch a kid’s face transform to the edge of happy tears,
In a season that’s been a cornucopia
Of mediocrity and injuries,
It’d be nice to enjoy this feeling for a while,
To not let the game’s decisions,
The moment-to-moment struggle,
Distract from telling Joey Panik
That he’s an All-Star;

Bochy groans,
As he pushes up,
From his desk chair,
Off to work.

—end of poem

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