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“I just cost that kid a perfect game.”-Jim Joyce
 first base umpire who called the batter safe when he should’ve been called out

The umpire blew the call.
Blew history.
   Watched its curveball breath sail away like an errant throw
    from an off-balanced shortstop in the hole
                                                        over a first baseman’s head.

 The young Venezuelan pitcher did not throw a perfect game.
It was ruled he did not beat the runner to the bag
                                                        at the bang-bang play at first.

 And when the game ended,
his manager stormed out of the dugout,
a thundercloud of profanities hailing a downpour of insults—
    while the umpire stood there knowing he deserved
    every lighting-rod word, 

 like a weatherman facing the camera
who sometimes doesn’t predict the rain.


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

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