PUT THIS STOLEN BASE ON YOUR MANTEL

PUT THIS STOLEN BASE ON YOUR MANTEL

(10.20.2015 No.151 — http://www.162BaseballPoems.com)

By Steve Hermanos

@HermanosSteve

SteveHermanos.com

Yeah, I’d put it up there,

In miniature:

A tiny brass plaque:

October 20, 2015,

NLCS Game 3,

Top 6th,

Mets 2—Cubs 2;

We’d see Yoennis Cespedes,

The size of a Lego minifigure,

Leading off second base,

As Cubs pitcher & minifigure Trevor Cahill,

Does not look back at Cespedes,

And as Cahill flinches into his windup,

Cespedes blasts out of his toe-holds,

Kicking up dirt,

Accelerating to third,

Catcher Miguel Montero slings a throw towards third,

Cespedes dives head-first, SAFE;

Then, here, on the other mantel,

The one in the library,

With floor-to-ceiling books,

Oak ladders running to the top,

Bach spinning on the Harman Kardon turntable,

The Turkish rugs;

Above the crackling fire;

There’s mini Cepedes on third,

Trevor Cahill pitching,

Minifigure Met Michael Conforto swinging over the ball,

the size of the head of a grain of rice,

Strike 3!

The ball bounces past Montero,

Cespedes blasts towards home,

Conforto runs towards first as if he’s rescuing his wife’s baby stroller,

From the train tracks;

Cespedes scores,

3—2;

How about an amazin’ cognac?

(Mets 5—Cubs 2)

(Series: Mets 3—Cubs 0)

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