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04/28/11
I loved this so much! As I read, I could just hear the traditional baseball music pouring out of the organ...Interestingly enough, I stopped to read this tonight amidst preparations for getting out of the house to watch my boys' first baseball games. The mood was right for your piece!

Excellent writing!
Excellent job providing the mood for this piece! It made for a very whimsical, fun read. Great job!
You painted a magical picture for all your readers to see with you superb word choices.
Not being a sports fan, I was quite surprised to find I enjoyed this very, very much. I never knew baseball could be so…beautiful. :-)
You did a masterful job. I enjoyed this very much!
05/05/11
What amazing and wonderful descriptions. Congrats on your win.
05/05/11
Congratulations!! Great imagery, and SO outside the box!
05/05/11
You made this age-old American pastime take on a glorious new light. Congrats on a job well-done and a poem well-rhymed. :)
If part of what poems are supposed to do is inspire one to imagine then this has succeeded...I'm very easily imagining myself at a ballgame...crrack of the bat, Hot Dogs and the glorious feel of the sweeping cathedral. Congratulations, Jim. Well done, indeed.
05/05/11
Congratulations on your 1st place EC award. Your poem brought back a lot of sweet memories.
Just beautiful! I want to go to a ball game now. Big congratulations, Jim! OUTSstanding!
07/01/11
Jim, congratulations and well-deserved! Love it!
07/01/11
Don't know how I missed this one--the emotion with which it was written is felt in each continuing line. Not hard to understand why this entry is a winner. Big congrats on your BoB win.
07/01/11
Jim, Congratulations on your Best of the Best win for this poignant poem. It's truly amazing!
07/02/11
Wonderful wonderful, Jim. LOVED this - so deserving of Best of the Best. Congratulations!
07/02/11
Congratulations on a fabulous piece of writing. Well-deserved win!
07/03/11
Oh, this is great! I do love baseball. This captures the feelings well.
07/04/11
Jim, so good to see your work at the top where it belongs. BOB winner!!!
07/04/11
Congratulations Jim--Your work has always been outstanding and this is simply one of many.
07/06/11
CONGRATULATIONS, Jim! Thrilled BEYOND for you!! :) :) Did you get the long, happy PM I sent you?
07/11/11
Hi Jim:

Congratulations on your Win! It is well deserved. I was reminded of growing up in Michigan where the sounds from the old Tiger Stadium at "Michigan and Trumball" would rumble through my radio...you HAD to listen to the games because nobody called one better than Ernie Harwell. If you haven't read his poem, "That's Baseball" you should. It remindes me of your poem so much! Blessings and congrats, again!

Cathy
This poem is absolutely wonderful, a journey through the mind, of childhood to grownup years. Richard L. Provencher
07/12/11
Congratulations Jim. As an Aussie baseball ex-pitcher (at club level) and long-time fan, I felt you drawing me into the whole feel of this great game and its roots. A well-deserved win.
A lovely poem and written so professionaly. It seems that it is a story told in Free Verse for the world to read.

Janice
05/01/13
great work. My husband loves to watch baseball, a real fan of the braves(when they are winning). You seemed to have caught all the , should I say, the essence of the game.By that I mean everything that makes it what it is, the excitement, the lights, the crowd, the players, the smell of hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, the sound of the bat when a home run is hit, the call of the umpires, the cheers and the boos. I enjoyed reading. bonnie wishum
05/01/13
Very nice verbal picture... I believe you covered all the bases. Thanks for sharing it!