A Poem at the Ballgame

Added on by Scott Cunningham.

The last night of April, while most O, supporters were arriving at Gramps (see our previous post), O, Miami director P. Scott Cunningham read a poem on the field at Marlins Park minutes before the team faced off against the Atlanta Braves.

Cunningham waving to the usual poetry reading crowd

Cunningham waving to the usual poetry reading crowd

Billy the Marlin was nice enough to hold the paper for Scott as he read an original poem for the occasion, "Ode to Jeff Conine," a poem written quickly and smattered with references to past and present Marlins players.

That's a nice fish

That's a nice fish

ODE TO JEFF CONINE

He was just a guy in teal

whose middle name was Guy, last name

Marlin, first name Mister, he went

4 for 4 against the Dodgers

 

when Stanton was in a stroller

and Fernandez was swaddled

in a blanket sewn from

the eyebrowed soul of Fernando Valenzuela.

 

He gave us Craig Counsell

through the legs of Tony Fernandez,

Mitch Mordecai over the head

of Moises Alou.

 

He gave us Moises Alou,

Dontrelle Willis, Orestes Destrada.

He resurrected the goat

at Wrigley Field

 

and brought the Bronx to Beckett.

He gave up racquetball for baseball

and baseball for racquetball.

He gave it his all.

Billy thought he could do better. He was right.

Billy thought he could do better. He was right.

Lastly, we'd like to note that the Marlins have not lost a single game since the poem was read.