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Only Catchers Get Credit For Their Unflinchingness photo
April 1, 2012 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Only Catchers Get Credit For Their Unflinchingness

Ronald Metellus

The Catcher showed his pointer finger, the signal for a fastball. Two fingers issued a polite<a class="more" href="/web_features/only-catchers-get-credit-for-their-unflinchingness">... more</a>

Baseball is Poetry photo
April 1, 2012 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Baseball is Poetry

Sam Ramos

  Mike Hampton - P When I wore my Astros hat and jersey to see them play the Cubs at Wrigley Field, someone threw a<a class="more" href="/web_features/baseball-is-poetry">... more</a>

Craig Griffey photo
April 1, 2012 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Craig Griffey

Mark Baumer

Craig Griffey ate snowflakes because he thought it would make him better at baseball. When Craig Griffey was six he almost retired<a class="more" href="/web_features/craig-griffey">... more</a>

Little League Primer photo
April 1, 2012 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Little League Primer

Daniel Romo

  Pitcher (1) Often the biggest and most talented. Best arm on the team. A steady fastball, a heady game. Wise beyond<a class="more" href="/web_features/little-league-primer">... more</a>

Saturday photo
April 1, 2012 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Saturday

Kara Vernor

Girls, sweating in their polyester knickers, await their turns at the plate. Ankles clacking, mouths breathing, “We want a pitcher, not a<a class="more" href="/web_features/saturday">... more</a>

Out In The World photo
April 1, 2012 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Out In The World

Curtis Dawkins

Renteria almost hits one out in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-3 game against Cleveland. It’s been a nightmare season of almosts<a class="more" href="/web_features/out-in-the-world">... more</a>

Rotation photo
April 1, 2012 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Rotation

James Scott

They said the scar tissue would break up in your shoulder, and that this could be a painful process. You imagine it cracking like dry earth<a class="more" href="/web_features/rotation">... more</a>

The Day the Music Should Have Died: Game 7 of the 1979 World Series photo
April 1, 2012 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

The Day the Music Should Have Died: Game 7 of the 1979 World Series

Benjamin Lyon

We are family I got all my sisters with me Do you know the song “We are<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-day-the-music-should-have-died-game-7-of-the-1979-world-series">... more</a>

HOBART Picks the 2011 Season photo
April 1, 2011 | Nonfiction, BASEBALL

HOBART Picks the 2011 Season

  Stewart O'Nan, Author of Emily, Alone, Last Night at the Lobster, and Faithful:<a class="more" href="/web_features/hobart-picks-the-2011-season--2">... more</a>

Seventh Inning Stretch photo
April 1, 2011 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Seventh Inning Stretch

Alice Lowe

  America’s Game: It is the place where memory gathers.  – Walt Whitman 1. My mother, Brooklyn-born and raised,<a class="more" href="/web_features/seventh-inning-stretch">... more</a>

Jesus Can't Hit A Curveball photo
April 1, 2011 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Jesus Can't Hit A Curveball

Patrick Walczy

He doesn’t float to the plate, just walks. A smattering of applause, what you’d expect on a Wednesday afternoon. “Now<a class="more" href="/web_features/jesus-can-39-t-hit-a-curveball">... more</a>

The Mistakes of Summer photo
April 1, 2011 | Fiction, BASEBALL

The Mistakes of Summer

Wendy Oleson

  Expecting Dodger Stadium to be half as awesome as Camelback Ranch Asking husband why he can't lay down a bunt like<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-mistakes-of-summer">... more</a>

Dan Sanders Hits A Grand Slam photo
April 1, 2011 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Dan Sanders Hits A Grand Slam

Dan Sanders

Home to First:  Is that really going out?  Really? Jesus. C'mon don't — Oh god damn it.   Ok — head down,<a class="more" href="/web_features/dan-sanders-hits-a-grand-slam">... more</a>

The Nine Innings of Morrie Rath photo
April 1, 2011 | Fiction, BASEBALL

The Nine Innings of Morrie Rath

Aubrey Hirsch

Inning 1: Morrie is all pins and needles going into his first at-bat. It's his first at-bat in a World Series<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-nine-innings-of-morrie-rath">... more</a>

Two Baseball Atrocities photo
April 1, 2011 | Fiction, BASEBALL

Two Baseball Atrocities

John Dermot Woods

LATE SEASON In Remington, concerned neighbors who had not seen Mrs. Gross, an elderly woman who lived alone in a corner<a class="more" href="/web_features/two-baseball-atrocities">... more</a>

The Man With Two Arms (An Excerpt) photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Excerpt

The Man With Two Arms (An Excerpt)

Billy Lombardo

In the summer that followed Danny's sophomore year at U-High, he took Bridget to a White Sox game. He knocked at<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-man-with-two-arms-an-excerpt">... more</a>

An Interview with Billy Lombardo photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Fiction

An Interview with Billy Lombardo

Seth Pollins

I met Billy Lombardo in the summer of 2007 on a sun drenched patch of grass under the Blue Ridge Mountains in<a class="more" href="/web_features/an-interview-with-billy-lombardo">... more</a>

Spinning Yarns photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Spinning Yarns

Thomas Mundt

I did some fact-checking after the wedding. I bet you thought I never would, but I did. And you know what I found out? You were never<a class="more" href="/web_features/spinning-yarns">... more</a>

A Simpler Creature photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Fiction

A Simpler Creature

Nicholas Mainieri

Pop loved two things, but I inherited his affection for one of those only. He read me bedtime stories during the off-season. The<a class="more" href="/web_features/a-simpler-creature">... more</a>

Love and Theft, 1988 photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Love and Theft, 1988

Pasha Malla

I enjoy stealing. It's just as simple as that. Jane's Addiction, "Been Caught Stealing" Bear with me here: I don't know<a class="more" href="/web_features/love-and-theft-1988">... more</a>

How Lucky, She Thought photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Fiction

How Lucky, She Thought

Kelcy D. Wilburn

She woke up as excited as she had twenty years ago on a St. Patrick's Day morning in her childhood home, despite the fact that<a class="more" href="/web_features/how-lucky-she-thought">... more</a>

Heart of the Hide photo
April 1, 2009 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Heart of the Hide

Paul Silverman

Frank wanted a "heart of the hide" glove ever since he was in the PeeWees, but the dad of all knowledge said nothing doing, a<a class="more" href="/web_features/heart-of-the-hide">... more</a>

Defending Reggie photo
April 1, 2009 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Defending Reggie

Litsa Dremousis

"Becca, you're in charge," Mom said, craning her neck around the driver's side burgundy vinyl headrest. "I'm picking you kids up in<a class="more" href="/web_features/defending-reggie">... more</a>

Azul photo
April 1, 2009 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Azul

Jim Ruland

The phone rings. You can a) get out of the hot tub, b) tell Graciela to get it, or 3) send Roberto. Answering the phone, however, would<a class="more" href="/web_features/azul">... more</a>

His Point of Sadness Now Becoming Light photo
April 1, 2009 | BASEBALL, Fiction

His Point of Sadness Now Becoming Light

Adam Robinson

There he was in the dugout crying. All the guys were on the field. They were slugging it out because<a class="more" href="/web_features/his-point-of-sadness-now-becoming-light">... more</a>

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!

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Dualities

Jason Phoebe Rusch

Jason Phoebe Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs. His full-length debut Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.