First Pitch of the Season 2017

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
Opening Day Starter versus Seattle Mariners
Minute Maid Park, Houston TX
April 3, 2017


First Pitch of the Season

By Bill McCurdy

Original Version: March 26, 2015

Adapted for a Lefty: April 3, 2017


He raises both arms

Left hand to right 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 right leg kicks high

Then the right leg steps forward

As the left 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 left leg falls forward

With the release of the ball

The pitcher now braces

Awaiting – that’s all


Ball, strike, or in play

The deed will be done

First pitch, once delivered

And the season’s begun


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


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