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Just When You Think You've Won the Game the Opposing Team Knocks It out of the Ball Park

I am an avid Cardinal fan, rarely missing a game. My disappointment is evident in my choice of dialog, but replays, I can do without.


The Cardinals start out with a winning bang

The Stars Spangled Banner played so beautifully

The Cards and Braves played so endlessly

The eager crowd roaring so happily

The Cards ahead, the Braves trailing so tirelessly

Ruby and Ray yelling, " Go Cards go "

The Cards ahead, three to zero

We're on our feet yelling " Bader ( cute butt ) go man go

Then Carpenter is up, his bat on fire

They walk him, his shoulders sag, he was sooo ready his gun was for hire

Now it's the bottom of the ninth

The Braves up, hoping to end this struggled strife

Hicks is pitching, he's just a kid

His arm wicked, doing his bid

The Braves bag a home run

Two on base, that gives them a tie, It's like they loaded up a Tommy gun

the Cards up, Miller pitching, Hicks in the bull pen looking down

The Braves crowd on fire, this is the last round

I'm on the edge of my seat with mouth wide open and a pitiful frown

Now it's up to the Cards to show their stuff

As for me, too much excitement, have I had enough?

My bed is calling, yet I can't leave

Come on Cards, I feverishly need a reprieve

We're tied three to three

Look at me, I'm down on one knee

It's the last of the ninth, the Cards are up again

They do nothing, I've lost my hopeful grin

It go's into overtime the tenth inning

I start to hope again, just like in the beginning

The Braves get a run, now it's three to four

The Cards are finished, they couldn't even score

So another disappointing evening, excitement turns to glum

If Carpenter had gotten his promised home run

It's now time to hit the sack

Oh yes, I'll be coming back!

My throat is raspy from yelling out loud

I'm just happy I'm home and not among the crowd.



Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 26, 2020:

Hi Peggy. We used to go to St. Louis every summer and watch the Cards play. My son Jackie would be dressed in a Cardinal outfit, then we would go to the zoo. Time passes so fast, seems like yesterday. I had a blast writing this! Thanks for coming by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

I remember my parents and grandparents taking my brothers and me to Milwaukee to see the Braves play baseball. That was waaaaay back in the 1950s. In the car, we were all singing "Take me out to the ballgame..." Fun memories! Sorry your team lost, but I enjoyed your poem.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 13, 2019:

Hello Nithya, it was a disappointing evening but a fun write. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 12, 2019:

Great poem! You have captured the emotions of watching a game so well.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 07, 2019:

Hello William, so glad it was a fun read for you. I really enjoyed writing it. Thank you much.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 03, 2019:

What an interesting way to do the play by play, Ruby. Really enjoyed it (although from PA, I consider the Cards an enemy). Thanks for a fun read!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 30, 2019:

Hello Genna, well it happened again last night, I guess they will get their mojo back someday. At least, I had fun writing about it. So glad you came by. Hugs

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 29, 2019:

"Go Cards go!" One of my favorite teams -- aside from my beloved Red Sox. You go, girl! :-) You've captured the thrill of the game and nail-biter ending so well. (I remember Game 3 of the 2018 series, the insane 18 innings and how the Dodgers won by one run. OMG.) And we always come back. This poem is a fun delight. Thank you, my friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 29, 2019:

Hello Mike. It was a fun write. I wrote it while watching the game, a little exaggeration intended. Hee. Always good to see you. Hugs.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 29, 2019:

Hello Mark, another disappointing night of baseball. The Phillies were on fire. Thanks for reading my play by play account. It was a fun write..

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 29, 2019:

Hello Ruby - What excitement. Grabbed a beer and bag of salted peanuts while I read!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2019:

Bill, anyone who likes the Cards is my kind of people! Go Cards go! Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2019:

Hello Mar, maybe next time? I had a quiet Memorial Day. Ray had to watch the race, ( I do not like any kind of racing. ) Hope you are well and happy. Thank you. Hugs

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 28, 2019:

I was rooting for the Cards against the Braves, Ruby. But they’re playing my Phillies today. Good luck, though. And have a great season!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2019:

Hello John, I'm so glad you enjoyed this tale, I started writing it when the Cards were ahead. We really were on our feet and yelling until they started to lose. sigh Thank you again.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2019:

Hello Clive, I have always loved baseball. We used to go to the games in St Louis, My son Jackie would be dressed like the Cards. We would stay over night and go to the zoo the next day. Those were the good ole days. Thankful you came by,

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2019:

My dad's favorite team when I was growing up was the Cards, so it was mine as well. And since I love baseball, well, I naturally love this poem.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 28, 2019:

Fun poem, dear Ruby! There's always next time.

Hope you had a good memorial Day weekend.



John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2019:

Great poem Ruby, you described the emotion of watching a game so well. I hate it when my team loses too, especially if they were leading. I enjoyed this,

Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 27, 2019:

Sounds like you really enjoyed that game girl.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 27, 2019:

Hello Pamela, I love to write in rhyme, and I was disappointed. I was betting on Carpenter to win. Happy you liked my poem. Thank you...

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2019:

This is such unique poetry about this baseball game. I'm sorry your team lost, but I loved the poem.

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