We turned Gary Thorne’s Gleyber Torres home run calls into a poem
August 13, 2019 8:20 AM   Subscribe

"...exactly half of [Yankee's second baseman Gleyber] Torres’s 26 home runs this season have come against one team, and Orioles play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne has been there for every one of them. Thorne’s home run calls work even better, however, in a more literary form. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic here by saying that the following 13-stanza poem, created entirely from Thorne’s words, is the finest piece of baseball verse since “Casey at the Bat.”

According to MLB.com, the 13 home runs are the most since divisional play began with expansion in 1969. The record before divisional play was set by Yankees legend Lou Gehrig with 14 against Cleveland in 1936.
posted by jenkinsEar (3 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The illustrated book version of this for young readers needs to be ready for Christmas.

The embedded video supercut is also good for a laugh.
posted by thenormshow at 8:42 AM on August 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

The follow-up to this great work of literature: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Cow-Selected-Verse-Rizzuto/dp/0061567132
posted by AJaffe at 10:15 AM on August 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I was an O's fan in the 1990s before we got the Nats in DC, so I am deeply acquainted with this pain and this is amazing. Both Thorne's increasing exasperation, and the excellently-named Matt Bonesteel's genius in putting this into poetic form. It works so well with the refrain of "goodbye, home run". I love it. What a day for Gleyber Torres!
posted by capricorn at 12:07 PM on August 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

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