“The Outfield Boy,” by Andrea Dietrich

I like how this piece captures the general feeling of standing in the outfield.  On one hand, you are playing the game you love.  On the other hand, the closest person to you is still quite a ways away.  You can make a play, and for a brief moment, you get a little attention for it.  But as soon as the next pitch gets thrown, outfielders return to their anticipatory solitude.

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The outfield boy stands waiting all alone,
playing the game that many children love.
From the pitcher’s mound, a ball has been thrown.
The outfield boy stands waiting all alone.
The ball has been hit. See how it has flown
straight into the glowing boy’s baseball glove!
The outfield boy stands waiting all alone,
playing the game that many children love.