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Until the Light is Off photo
April 22, 2014 | BASEBALL

Until the Light is Off

James Yates

Visiting hours ran until eight o’clock that night. Matt sat by his father’s bed and thumbed through some text messages. If a nurse or attendant came in, he quickly slipped the phone into his

Base Running photo
April 21, 2014 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Base Running

Russell Brakefield

August burns on and a quiet resin lifts from my skin.
The ruins of my body idling on the couch. Drunk again

or just resigned to erase another day with baseball
and sleep and paperbacks. You

THE 2014 AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON, AS PREDICTED BY J. RYAN STRADAL photo
April 18, 2014 | BASEBALL

THE 2014 AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON, AS PREDICTED BY J. RYAN STRADAL

J. Ryan Stradal

 

AL EAST

1. Tampa Bay Rays

WHY: Erik Bedard, who was the Pirates’ Opening Day starter in 2012, was forced to fight for the fifth spot in the Rays’ rotation, which is a sign of a

2 Poems photo
April 17, 2014 | BASEBALL

2 Poems

Daniel Romo

Doubleheader


I no longer enjoy the game,
yet I play every Sunday,
trading church clothes for a uniform,
exchanging a plate passed down the row
with my offering
for a mouthful of

Whether You Win or Lose photo
April 16, 2014 | BASEBALL

Whether You Win or Lose

Christine Fadden

Uncle Max picked me up for tryouts. I must have been fidgety. I changed the radio station a half dozen times before turning it off.

“The Beach Boys shouldn’t call themselves boys,” I said.

2 Poems photo
April 15, 2014 | BASEBALL

2 Poems

Jacob Collins-Wilson

My Father as a Baseball Coach

His hands are golden, approaching leather.
He wears a mid-night blue windbreaker
because coaching baseball is a frozen verb.
Whenever my father runs his hand

The First Game photo
April 14, 2014 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

The First Game

Nicholas Ward

We parked on Michigan Avenue like we always would, walking hand-in-hand through Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. We bought peanuts in brown paper bags from vendors on the street. They

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2014 MLB Season -- Andrew Ervin photo
April 11, 2014 | BASEBALL

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2014 MLB Season -- Andrew Ervin

Andrew Ervin

On these frigid afternoons between the Ides of March and Opening Day, when the final roster spots are being claimed, it’s still possible to envision that November parade down Broad St. The Phillies

For Jake "The Snake" Roberts, on the Occasion of Making an Unlikely Out in Centerfield During a Charity Softball Game photo
April 10, 2014 | BASEBALL, Poetry

For Jake "The Snake" Roberts, on the Occasion of Making an Unlikely Out in Centerfield During a Charity Softball Game

Colette Arrand

Like every catch before or since, yours is a matter of geometry
and probability. To say this is to admit that I believe in miracles.

Pro-wrestling is this: the work of death and resurrection.

The Thrill photo
April 9, 2014 | BASEBALL

The Thrill

Edmund Sandoval

Growing up my favorite ball player was Will Clark. Will the Thrill. Number 22 of the San Fran Gigantes. That sweet swing like some kind of ballet move. Wanding his bat like it was a badminton

No No photo
April 8, 2014 | BASEBALL

No No

Kevin Maloney

[Dock] Ellis threw a no-hitter on June 12, 1970. He later stated that he accomplished the feat under the influence of LSD. - Wikipedia

Jerry flashes his fingers between his legs: one-two-three,

who are the Bash Brothers, son? do you even know? photo
April 7, 2014 | BASEBALL

who are the Bash Brothers, son? do you even know?

Brad Epperson

used to bring my glove
no fan would be without one
allure of the foul
 
I used to believe 
some men were superior
they wore hats and gloves
 
they had statistics
posters adorned

Shoeless Joe Was a Pelican photo
April 4, 2014 | BASEBALL

Shoeless Joe Was a Pelican

Nicholas Mainieri

My city’s NBA team has renamed themselves after a baseball club. The New Orleans Pelicans were established near the end of the Civil War, becoming a professional organization in the 1880s and

Edwards, On the Next Flight Out of Town photo
April 3, 2014 | BASEBALL

Edwards, On the Next Flight Out of Town

Andrew Forbes

Edwards, wild, couldn't get out of the first. He put the first three guys on and then walked one in, gave up a double, followed by a hard single. Boom-boom-boom. Nothing was working. His curve had

The Fathers at the Little League Field   photo
April 2, 2014 | BASEBALL, Poetry

The Fathers at the Little League Field  

Amorak Huey

Above them, the field lights hum to life, // a million moths clump and whirl and dive. / The game has tightened in the late innings, // the shouting grows tense, important. / Cigarettes are flicked into the gravel, // embers blur to ash.

At Bat photo
April 1, 2014 | BASEBALL

At Bat

Susan Hope Lanier

Number 28 slams the butt of his bat to the ground and the 24-ounce weight slides off. From under his red batting helmet the right fielder is all shaggy, shoulder-length locks and facial hair. A fan

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2014 MLB Season -- Stewart O'Nan photo
March 31, 2014 | BASEBALL

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2014 MLB Season -- Stewart O'Nan

Stewart O'Nan

For the last couple of years, we've asked some of our favorite writers and contributors and known baseball fans to "predict the season," a kind of Hobart version to an expert's panel of predictions

A Phan's Notes: the Professional Ballplayer photo
September 14, 2013 | A Phan's Notes

A Phan's Notes: the Professional Ballplayer

Justin St. Germain

As I write this, on a Friday afternoon in early August, the Phillies are losing 7-2 in Washington, and Scott Hairston is walking up to the plate to pinch-hit for the Nationals. My phone is

A Phan's Notes: Veterans photo
August 2, 2013 | A Phan's Notes

A Phan's Notes: Veterans

Justin St. Germain

As I write this, just past noon on the Fourth of July, the Phillies are losing to the Pirates 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth. If they hold on to lose, they’ll be six games under. 500 and—oh, in the

Everything I know about postmodernism I learned from the Phillies photo
June 21, 2013 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Everything I know about postmodernism I learned from the Phillies

Christopher Cocca

"As a term, postmodernism came into my vocabulary in 1988.  It had not yet moved from art and English and music into theology the way it has in recent years by then, but it was, of course, still extant in the visual codes of culture."

A Phan's Notes: Rooting for Laundry photo
June 8, 2013 | A Phan's Notes

A Phan's Notes: Rooting for Laundry

Justin St. Germain

The Phillies recently came to Phoenix, the closest pro baseball city to me, for a four-game set on Mother’s Day weekend. I don’t have much in the way of obligations on that particular holiday, for

A Phan's Notes: On Patience photo
May 11, 2013 | A Phan's Notes

A Phan's Notes: On Patience

Justin St. Germain

As I write this, nearly a month into the season, my beloved Phillies flounder in third place. Even that dubious standing owes much to their good fortune over the weekend, which saw Detroit sweep

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2013 MLB Season -- Jess Walter photo
April 30, 2013 | BASEBALL

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2013 MLB Season -- Jess Walter

Jess Walter

For the last couple of years, we've asked some of our favorite writers and contributors and known baseball fans to "predict the season," a kind of Hobart version to an expert's panel of predictions

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2013 MLB Season -- Baseball for Druggies by Jim Ruland photo
April 29, 2013 | BASEBALL

Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2013 MLB Season -- Baseball for Druggies by Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland

For the last couple of years, we've asked some of our favorite writers and contributors and known baseball fans to "predict the season," a kind of Hobart version to an expert's panel of predictions

Grace photo
April 26, 2013 | BASEBALL

Grace

Peter Witte

The night before we met Mark Grace, dad had too many Michelobs and was more generous than usual with his baseball assessments.

“He isn’t great like Stan the Man Musial was, but, sure, Grace is

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

 

Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub