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Little League Championship Game

Updated on April 20, 2015

For My Son Tim

In memory of all the wonderful times at Okeeheelee Park

The sweat dripping down my face
reveals what I'm trying to hide;
I have no fear, no pressure here,
I've got to cast my feelings aside.

It's only a game I tell myself.
Win or lose just do your best.
But I know down deep inside
I gotta come through or I'll never rest.

It's the bottom of the ninth; game tied at three;
two out; and two men on base.
I look at my coach for assurance.
Then wirh nervous confidence take my place.

Ball one I hear the umpire shout,
as I gather determination.
Strike one! He signals now.
Although, it seems with some hesitation.

I gather all the strength I have,
and throw the best fast ball I've got.
I watch the bat as it connects.
Oh no, he's hit a shot!

I turn around - afraid to look
Yes! The right fielder caught the pop-fly.
Whew, I'm so glad he did.
We gave our team another try.

It's not just any game you see.
It's the championship game I've longed to win.
And after our team gets three outs,
I'll be back on the mound once again.


© Copyright 2012 by Gloria Tanner






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    • heartexpressions profile image
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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comments tsmog

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      Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      I know when my grandson is older he will probably play ... his dad has been little league coach for a while ... he can't play anymore because of a bad knee. Brody's just 2 1/2 yrs old and already is trying his hand at teeball. Looking forward to that adventure.

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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Thanks PaisleeGal; now I get to watch my grandsons. Lots of fun times. I'd love to read your hub about your time at the ball fields.

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      Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      This brought back lots of memories when my sons played little league. I may just do a story about those years of time spent at the ball fields. Enjoyed the poem!

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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Thanks TToombso8 - now I'm looking forward to watching my grandsons play. They have their first T-Ball practice tomorrow.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Boy, did this bring back memories of my softball days and watching my brother play little league. Great job, heartexpressions! Thank you for the memories. :)

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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Thanks for your comments teaches12345 I appreciate it. I watched the series too. The US championship was really exciting. My little boy is now actually 28 years old, but we spent years watching him play ball at Okeeheelee. He did play in 2 state championship games, but they lost both. Now I'm getting ready to watch my grandsons play. I used to live in Wellington, and my 3 grown children graduated from Wellington H.S., but I now live in the Orlando area.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We watched the little league world series last week and this poem reminds me of the boys who played their heart out. They lost, but they won so much more in learning the game and what a team is all about. Your little boy is a winner! You mentioned Okeeheelee Park, I live near one in Wellington. Are we neighbors?

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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Thanks

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Love this one!