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A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out photo
April 30, 2022 | The Paranoid View

A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out

Austin Ross

I’ll never forget it. There was a long line of trees to the right of the mound whose trunks had been snapped in half like pencils. The ground was littered with broken glass and bits of paper. And at

But Then Comes April photo
April 29, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

But Then Comes April

Daniel Joseph

For the better part of every year I try like heck to be a better person. Nicer. More caring. This year I’ve taken up breathing. I breathe in and I breathe out each day. Last year I learned to put less

Unwritten Rules photo
April 28, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Unwritten Rules

Joe Bohlinger

Rome was good. Sat ninety in the summers. Leaned on his off speed when the weather got cold. Postseason, most of the district had seen him by then, we took advantage of teams whose scouts said he was

Best Ever Battery photo
April 27, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Best Ever Battery

Anna Reser

I played left field for the Tularosa Middle School Tarantulas girl’s team. I was long and brittle, like a cactus spine. Or a splinter. And I was afraid of the baseball. I batted .083 that summer and

Work photo
April 26, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Work

Michael Harper

I pick up Henry after work and we drive 65 miles to the first game of Colin’s fall AAU league. It costs enough, but college is looming and some short-term discomfort for the chance at a scholarship is

Spring Training photo
April 25, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Spring Training

j. taylor bell

i'm in love with the thousand yard stare
deeply towards the worn fold
of the catcher's glove

A House of Water photo
April 24, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

A House of Water

Kelly Wei

Autumn was the season of fire. Boys and houses burned pure white holes into the night, and I self-immolated in every room but the little one I shared with you.

TTLMLMTMF: Stephen Amell Talking a Podcast Audience through His Panic Attack photo
April 23, 2022 | Things That Look More Like Me Than My Face

TTLMLMTMF: Stephen Amell Talking a Podcast Audience through His Panic Attack

Katie Darby Mullins

I’ve fought and lied about anxiety and OCD for years, terrified that someone would try to medicate away my “super power.” All that practice made it relatively easy to hide some physical symptoms and

Ode to the Mariners photo
April 22, 2022 | BASEBALL

Ode to the Mariners

Allie Levy

The bartender, we start sleeping together because he likes that I know all about the tragedy of his Seattle Mariners.

One night I wait for him to get off work with two double vodka sodas at the

Baseball: A Numbers Game photo
April 21, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball: A Numbers Game

Bruce Harris

In 1964, I was a college freshman. Someone, I don’t pretend to know who, researched offensive statistics for all Little Leaguers in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. The unknown

Slap photo
April 20, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Slap

Sarp Sozdinler

I was about to witness Kershaw’s first career no-hitter on TV when pieces of meat started to pour from the skies and slap the ground. Our house rattled as we rushed to the windows and watched the

Myth of Extra Innings photo
April 19, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Myth of Extra Innings

Tim Neil

I pause from scraping frost
off the car, and watch my gray
emissions wisp away

into the chill. I miss strict
seasons, and knowing
what to wear. Last week, it was 72.

When will summer

Romance & Acronyms photo
April 18, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Romance & Acronyms

Katie Schwarz

One of us liked the giant head races so much she got giddy when they’d appear in the left field.

One of us would buy knockoff hats on the walkway overpass, a special fondness for beanies with

What I'm Hiding In My Profile Picture photo
April 17, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

What I'm Hiding In My Profile Picture

Treena Thibodeau

Know that on my Tinder profile, my pictures are all either full-body yoga pictures or heavily airbrushed selfies.

Baseball Marks the Time photo
April 15, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball Marks the Time

Sarah Salcedo

I was young when the Bash Brothers ruled the East Bay. So young that in our classroom, we treated the 6.9 earthquake that struck minutes before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series like another part of

Cold-Weather Home Opener photo
April 14, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Cold-Weather Home Opener

Mike Prask

The world and weather are telling us they’re not ready for baseball, but I choose not to believe that. It’s too cold to call this rain, but too wet to classify it as sleet. I’m prepared for the chill

2 Poems photo
April 13, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Mike Andrelczyk

A Hopeful Young Man on a Job Interview

I’m broke and eating chocolate ice cream out of a novelty helmet
I’m sweating because I’m wearing a sweater in the heat
to cover up the insane poison ivy on

Balk/Change Up/Intentional Walk/Rehab Assignment/The Off Day photo
April 12, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Balk/Change Up/Intentional Walk/Rehab Assignment/The Off Day

John Walser

Just that instant
when thinking becomes
too much

In the Books photo
April 11, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

In the Books

Travis Price

Two things are clear to Ava: It’s time to end things with Nico, and Thad Worley might not make it out of the first inning.

He’s next to her in the left field bleachers chewing on a hang nail and

The Sitcom Actor (Who Really, Really Cares) photo
April 10, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

The Sitcom Actor (Who Really, Really Cares)

Sophia Jennings

Almost every day, the sitcom actor goes on Instagram to tell his five million followers what he knows about race, class, and - more often than not, women.

My Favorite Pen: Sharpie photo
April 9, 2022 | Comics

My Favorite Pen: Sharpie

Nathan Goodroe

There is almost an endless amount of criticism you can say about the Donald Trump presidency. I will limit mine to a single topic today: his default choice of pen.

The Tragedy of Mickey Mantle photo
April 8, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

The Tragedy of Mickey Mantle

Michael Juliani

             What happened to me
is probably less interesting...

Guy Just Loves to Play photo
April 7, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Guy Just Loves to Play

Ken Derry

I was cruising through the lineup, 6-0, decimating my neighbors in our annual July Fourth softball tournament when a pinch hitter came to the plate. It took a minute — two pitches, actually — to place

Nostalgia Sells photo
April 6, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Nostalgia Sells

Chris Pellizzari

 

Drive-in movie theater, Merrillville, Indiana, 1989

Field of Dreams on a screen bigger than every building in Merrillville,  

my brother and I eating chocolate sundaes from mini Dairy Queen

The Bat photo
April 5, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

The Bat

Emily Ziffer

The bat was a gift from her father. It was a souvenir bat, one-of-a-kind. “This bat,” said her father, “is more than just a bat. It is a special bat, a valuable bat. It is not to be used. It is not to

2 Poems photo
April 4, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Mitchell Nobis

Kid Glove

Baseball?
            he says motioning a throw.
            We head to the front yard,
            toss it back & forth.
            The ball smacks our gloves—
            his

Posing Naked and the Art of Separation photo
April 3, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Posing Naked and the Art of Separation

Elena Lee Anderson

1. There is a protective radius of ten feet on all sides of me.
2. I only know the name of one person in this room.
3. My body hair was groomed solely for this moment.

 

 

Writer School Gremlin Gets Homesick photo
April 2, 2022 | Comics

Writer School Gremlin Gets Homesick

Marne Litfin

When I'm in Philly, I miss my desk... But when I'm in Ann Arbor, I miss our bed.

2 Poems photo
April 1, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Devin Kelly

In Praise of Hands

I miss hands. I miss their flimsy, awkward quality –

the way one looks when offered while still searching

for a reason. I miss being young, lining up after the