The designated hitter approaches the plate,
no concern can be found written on his face
or the way he holds his tool of the trade,
sizing up the man across the way
who is tossing his rosin bag as if taking its weight.
And then the pitch is thrown and the crack reverberates
through the crowd and the hitter looks to the sky
and pulls the smallest muscle in his gigantic thigh.
He falls to the ground without making a noise
and the first base coach helps him to rise
and leverages himself to help round the bases
but tweaks an old knee injury so is out of the races.
The third base coach now approaches his teammate
but he is too small and can’t bear the weight
so the head coach comes out and helps the two
finish their run as a good leader should do.
As they come around third and are almost through,
all three trip and one loses his shoe.
Before you know it, both dugouts are cleared
but not for a fight as the audience feared.
It is to carry the men through which results in cheers,
it was the longest home run, and few would forget it for years.
Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. He has published in a number of scientific journals, and has over 80 poems published or forthcoming in literary journals over the last year. Find him on Twitter @JasonPdK3