Posts by Nicholas Mainieri

Baseball's Cruel Lexicon photo
April 6, 2015 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Baseball's Cruel Lexicon

Nicholas Mainieri

We’re speaking of salvation, god damn it,
And only the incurious break slumps.

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

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 last one always came the night before he left for Spring Training.