Grand Slam

Jaslynn Polk

Grand Slam by Majorie Maddox

Dreams brimming over,

childhood stretched out in legs,

this is the moment replayed on winter days

when frost covers the field,

when age steals away wishes.

Glorious sleep that seeps back there

to the glory of our baseball days.

Main Idea

The main idea of this poem is describing the beauty of baseball. We wait all year for the glorious days where the sun beams down and we are at a game. Winter days are waited for the frost to melt on the field. No matter a persons age, children to elderly, we all love the atmosphere of the spring and baseball.

Choosing this poem

I chose this poem because it seemed to fit with the current season. Baseball is all around us and loving the game is something that many people come together to enjoy. Baseball is an escape from all of the hectic ways of everyday life for not only the players, but the fans in the stands. This poem was my choice because of all of the different aspects it brings and how it allows people to come together from all different walks of life.

Centerfield by John Fogerty

Well, I beat the drum and hold the phone, the sun came out today
We're born again, there's new grass on the field
Just a-roundin' third and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man
Anyone can understand the way I feel


Oh, put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Look at me, I can be Center field


Well, I spent some time with the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench
You know I took my lumps when the Mighty case struck out
So say "Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe Di Maggio"
Don't say "It ain't so", you know the time is now


Oh, put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Look at me, I gotta be Center field


Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all, a moment in the sun
It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye!


Oh, put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Look at me, gotta be


Oh, put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play, today
Look at me, I gotta be Center field
Yeah!

Song and Poem Connection

The connection between this song and the poem is the overall theme of baseball. The song is explaining that there is a new grass field which connects with the poem by people waiting for the frost to melt off from the winter. The chorus of the song is saying "put me in coach" and I think that this can relate to every player the poem was talking about by wanting to always play and be in the game. Also the song is talking about being able to just hit the ball and be in the sun and this relates to the poem by always wanting to be sun for the glory of our baseball days.

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John Fogerty - Centerfield

America's Pastime by Jaslynn Polk

As February nears

anticipation grows.

The season is nearing

the weather is warming.

Practice becomes harder

but life becomes better.

People escape the fast pace lives

to engage in this environment.

From breaking social barriers

to breaking racial barriers,

baseball has helped form

America as it is today.

No matter where someone is,

everyone can come together

because there's no place like home.