Section 7, Row 1, Seat 3

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)


She comes prepared.

From a tattered gym bag

she pulls

her game cushion,

worn to fit her,


a few chewed but sharp #2 pencils,

her own pad of score sheets,

and a flask of black coffee.


She measures life

n baseball time:

born the year Yankee Stadium opened,

married the summer of The Streak,

Ted's .406,

son born during Jackie Robinson's

first season,

daughter born two days after

the "shot heard 'round the world,"

alone since the Yankees' last pennant.


"Leaving before the last out,"

she says, resting her chin on her

ebony cane,

"is like dying

before your time."