First Pitch of the Season

J.R. RICHARD ~ Could've thrown the hardest Opening Day First Pitch in Baseball History.

J.R. RICHARD
Could’ve thrown the hardest Opening Day First Pitch in Baseball History.

 

First Pitch of the Season

By Bill McCurdy

March 26, 2015

 

He raises both arms

Right hand to left glove

He grips the fresh ball

Caressing with love

 

He holds fast the roar

As he pauses to grip

Like a marbled Adonis

The wheel of his ship

 

Awaiting a late sign

From the Captain of Crouch

He soon finds the signal

As his fingers branch out

 

Controlling the ball

Begins with the grip

But includes body rhythm

Speed and place of each trip

 

The pitcher rares back

As his left leg kicks high

Then the left leg steps forward

As the right arm flies by

 

And when he lets go

Of the little white ball

It sails on toward home

On its own special call

 

To rise, sink, or curve

High, low, in or out

Even sometimes to flutter

What’s that all about?

 

As the right leg falls forward

With the release of the ball

The pitcher now braces

Awaiting – that’s all

 

Ball, strike, or in play

The deed has been done

First pitch now delivered

The season’s begun

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