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FC: The Love of Baseball By Katie Kinast

1: The Love of Baseball Written and collected by Katie Kinast HomeRun Publishing Inc. Stillwater, OK 18 April 2011

3: "The Rules of the Game" "Batter Up" "Abused and Forgotten" "First Look" "Don't Ever Stop Dreaming Your Dreams" "The First Step" "Baseball" "What Do You Do When He Looks At you?" "Do Not Bold Screaming, Clutching All Your Stuff" "Two On, Two Out" | 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 | Table of Contents

4: School is over, and I did great. Passed all my exams. Got good grades. Thanks to Dad, who went by school and got my assignments. And who was always just, you know, there. I was lying down the other day (big surprise) thinking about poetry and all those rules: rhyme this, repeat that, count the syllables, look for stresses. Man, I had enough rules before I was sick (be home before dinner, wash your hands, blah, blah, blah). And now after mono it's no running, no kissing, slow down, take it easy. . . . But then I had this thought: in baseball it's nine guys on a side, four balls and you walk, three strikes and you're out. Those are the rules. Without the, there's no game. Baseball and poetry aren't that different. | "The Rules of the Game" By Ron Koertge

5: I really liked this poem's idea because it compared poetry to baseball; both have a set of rules, or guidelines. It must have been very frustrating to lie in bed all the time after being so active and involved in baseball. If I were in this situation i probably would have chosen to read, which would help me to stay connected to the real world while stuck in bed. Kevin's poems were about baseball, mono, family life, and writing in general. This was a good way for Kevin to express his thoughts and feelings, helping others to understand what he was going through. | www.baseball-almanac.com/poems.shtml

6: I take the mop handle, glance up at the pinata. which is this little bull or horse, usually, made out of paper mache, and filled with candy. It's hanging from a rope and somebody at the other end either lets it down or pulls it up. A kid with a stick is blindfolded. When he hits it hard enough, candy flies out. Rodolfo grabs the bat. "I'll show you how it's done." A girl ties the handkerchief. His pals parade around, showing off their muscles. Mira whispers, "He thinks he's so tough." Mr. Hidalgo frowns as Rodolfo steps up. People stop to watch. | He swings and misses. He swings again. And misses. Once more. This time so hard he falls down. A few people laugh. He says something in Spanish, something bad, because all the moms shake their heads and hustle the little ones away. He tosses me the bat. "Your turn, big shot." Mira takes the blindfold, turns me around, whispers as she ties it. "Go bravely into battle, Sir Flaco. They will sing about this around campfires forever." "I'm glad you think this is funny, Mira." Rodolfo's crew is calling me names. I'm glad I don't understand. | Thank God I've got a plan: I'll listen for the hiss the rope makes, then swing where I'm pretty sure the pinata isn't. I plant both feet and uncork one. Everybody groans. I guess I was closer than I thought! Then the guy starts jiggling it; I can heat the candy inside. This time I swing from the heels, miss for sure, and go down on one knee. Half a fall. That should satisfy old Rodolfo. Mira whips off my blindfold, kisses me on the cheek. Everybody applauds. I bow like a big ham. | "Batter Up" by Ron Koertge

7: When I first looked at the title, I thought this poem would be about one of Kevin's baseball games. After reading the poem, however, I learned that it was about his experience at a birthday party. I like the way Koertge compared Kevin's pinata challenge to playing in an actual game. Rodolfo's description suggests that he is part of the "popular" crowd; he acts like a know-it-all and is very self-conceited. Kevin's plan to get revenge on Rodolfo shows that he is clever and looking for a chance to show the "tough guys" how amazing he really is. | www.texmextogo.com/texmexfoodhistory.htm

8: When I watch you underfed and underweight hopelessly wandering the streets waiting for a stale scrap of food to come your way or when I watch you with your scraggly, matted fur that was once the shiniest coat in Stillwater, pleading silently to once again be loved by a caring, loyal master I say when I watch you cringing like a scared child at the sight of any human that comes your way a painful reminder of the past. I stand up to find you a loving home I stand up | Abused and Forgotten by Katie Kinast

9: I wrote this poem to stress the importance of giving every animal possible a loving home. Every animal deserves to be treated well, and I am willing to stand up against any form of cruelty to animals. Euthanasia is a heart-wrenching but sometimes inevitable process that many abandoned animals have to face.I gave a copy if this poem to the Humane Society, where everyone can learn about the importance of being kind to animals. | www.compassionforcamden.org/rescues.html

10: At 8:03 A.M. a prickle of heat itches down my neck. I glance up and catch that look, a calm, steady gaze that holds mine fast until I can twist away close the metal locker and force myself to walk slowly down the bursting halls | "First Look" by Ralph Fletcher

11: When I read this poem, I imagined that I was standing at my locker, getting my stuff for class, when I glanced up to see my crush looking at me; both of us standing there until I turned around and closed my locker. I would then walk through the crowded halls to class. This poem basically described how I would act in the same situation. This could also happen when I am at my band locker, putting away my clarinet and music folder after rehearsal. I really enjoyed this poem because i can relate it to my own life. | www.flickr.com/photos/linnybinnypix/410364768/

12: Don't ever try to understand everything----- some things will just never make sense. Don't ever be reluctant to show your feelings----- when you're happy, give into it! When you're not, live with it. Don't ever be afraid to make things better----- you might be surprised at the results. Don't ever take the weight of the world on your shoulders. Don't ever feel threatened by the future----- take life one day at a time. Don't ever feel guilty about the past----- what's done is done. Learn from any mistakes you might have made. Don't ever feel that you are alone----- there is always somebody there for you to reach out to. Don't ever forget that you can achieve so many of the things you can imagine----- imagine that! It's not as hard as it seems. Don't ever stop loving, don't ever stop believing, don't ever stop dreaming your dreams. | "Don't Ever Stop Dreaming Your Dreams" by Laine Parsons

13: This poem reminded me of The Art of Racing in the Rain because both are based on determination and never giving up. I believe in solving problems instead of avoiding them, and taking life one day at a time. It is important to learn from mistakes | instead of regretting them, and to always try to make things better. This poem is very inspirational to me, and I agree entirely with its content. This poem reminds me that with determination and effort, I can achieve my goals. | www.workfineart.com

14: There is a world out there waiting for you. . . a world that you've only dreamed of. But you're the only one who can make it come true. Use the strength you've got inside you to open the door. Use the courage you hold deep within to take a step in the right direction. Use the knowledge that you really will make it if you try. | "The First Step" by Collin McCarty

15: I strongly agree with the content of this poem because the only way to make something happen is to take the first step and keep going. it is up to me to achieve my goals, no one can do it for me. In order to be successful I have to be myself, but I must also believe in myself. The first step is often the hardest, but after that first step in the right direction it is easy to keep going. "The First Step" reminds me to find my inner strength and believe that anything is possible. | graegram.com/mind-soul/free

16: Balls flying out of the park (and sometimes into the parking lot) Arguing with the umpire (sort of) Strike three--you're out! (for the opponent) Every game is worth watching! Best place to buy food--the prices are very reasonable! Admission is only five dollars Little pins for only one dollar Late nights are my favorite, especially when it's not cold. | "Take Me Out to the Bleachers" by Katie Kinast

17: I wrote this acrostic poem to describe my experience at baseball games. I have grown up watching the Milwaukee Brewers--both in the park and on TV, but I just started attending Pioneer games in March of 2011. Determined to cheer my team to victory, I don't leave or stop watching until the game is over. Once I become a fan, I remain a fan, and I will stand behind my team--win or lose. Out of all the sporting events I have attended, Couch Park has the most reasonable prices. | www.baseballtrainingtechniques.com/

18: For sure, if he looks at you here's the rule: Stand tall, inhale, and tummy-hold, then try to sneak a peek but still maintain your cool. Be subtle, private, ask your friends to spy. Adjust your belt, fluff hair, and moisten teeth, then stall, turn back, search purse, and check your phone. Don't panic or betray your knees are weak. Don't mope or look pathetic when alone. Don't burp or scratch your nose or pick or pull. Don't be a tramp, but you should show some skin. Don't wolf down your food, pretend that you are full. And look so int'rested, just not in him. These rules are set in concrete. Don't ask why. You have to follow them, OR. . .just say, "Hi." | "What Do You Do When He Looks at You?" by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf

19: The mood of this poem reminded me of the frantic thought process that goes through my head when I see my crush. I try to appear calm, cool, and collected; not nervous or stressed. Manners are extremely important, but they shouldn't be overdone. My most common "stalling" techniques are checking my purse and cell phone, as mentioned in the poem. The rules are well-written, but I agree that the best alternative is to just say "hi" without hesitation. | www.naomishow.com/

20: Do not bolt screaming, clutching all your stuff. His hand is light and warm against the knee. Is it too much or is it just enough? All smart girls know flirtation is a bluff. First smiles and winks are offered easily. Do not bolt screaming, clutching all your stuff. If he is gentle, not a bit too rough, the brain may overthink obsessively; is it too much or is it just enough? The natural progression is a touch. A girl must choose to lean his way or flee. Do not bolt screaming, clutching all your stuff. Ears pound, the heart is stomping, face is flushed. The drumming draws towards love's mystery. Is it too much or is it just enough? This wildfire, started by a finger brush, can't be contained or fed offhandedly. Do not bolt screaming, clutching all your stuff. Is it too much or is it just enough? | "Do Not Bolt Screaming, Clutching All Your Stuff" by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf

21: I really like the repetition used in each line, which adds emphasis and rhythm to keep the poem flowing. This poem describe the tendency to analyze every little detail and piece things together for an explanation. The authors' use of hyperbole--both in the title and throughout the poem--illustrates the fight-or-flight reaction that many girls face when they are around their crush. Similarly, this reminds me of the "butterflies" i get in my stomach when I see my crush. I wonder if the co-author, Sara Holbrook, was ever in this situation. | yeahgoodtimes.blogspot.com

22: Not the bottom of the ninth, though. The game is not on the line. It's the top of the fifth on a Wednesday evening. I'm up. The guys are on their feet, yelling for me, "Over the fence, Shakespeare. Bring 'em home, baby." I've got this pitcher figured out: slider, fastball curve. Slider, fastball, curve. Like meter in a bad poem--no surprises. | I take a strike, foul one off, take a ball. then stroke that tepid slider into left. It's a long single. I run hard, pull up halfway to second, jog back, and stand on the bag. Mira and Dad are on their feet. He's pointing and nodding. She says something and they both laugh. I like feeling my heart beat. I like sweating. I'm well now. Totally. Like before. maybe better. | I'm thinking seriously about reading. When Dad reads. Like one poem. Maybe something I wrote when I had mono. Maybe something new. Maybe something just for Mira. It scares me, but in a good way. | "Two On, Two Out" by Ron Koertge

23: The setting of this poem reminds me of the JV Pioneer Baseball games I have attended. The two on, two out situation puts a ton of pressure on the next person at bat: they can load the bases and possibly score, or they can end the inning if the odds are not in their favor. I'm glad Kevin has recovered enough from mono to be able to play again. If I came down with mono, the activity i would miss most would be playing my clarinet, and I would be devastated if I missed a concert or a contest. In contrast, hopefully I would still be able to attend a few baseball games. | pcgamersworld.com

24: My name is Katie Kinast, and I am a sophomore at Stillwater High School. I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma with my parents, two younger sisters, and lots of animals. I enjoy reading, running, swimming, sleeping, hanging out with friends, and volunteering. I plan to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and get my D.V.M. | About the Author

25: Fletcher, Ralph. "First Look." I Am Wings. New York: Bradbury Press, 1994. 9. Print. Holbrook, Sara and Allan Wolf. "Do Not Bolt Screaming, Clutching All Your Stuff." More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Wordsong, 1998. 29. Print. Holbrook, Sara and Allan Wolf. "What Do You Do When He Looks at You?." More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Wordsong, 1998. 11. Print. Koertge, Ron. "Batter Up." Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2003. 106-108. Print. | Works Cited

26: Koertge, Ron. "The Rules of the Game." Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2003. 40. Print. Koertge, Ron. "Two On, Two Out." Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2003. 113. Print. McCarty, Collin. "The First Step" Always Follow Your Dreams. Ed. Susan Polis Schutz. Boulder, Colorado: Blue Mountain Press, 1985. 64. Print. Parsons, Laine. "Don't Ever Stop Dreaming Your Dreams." Always Follow Your Dreams. Ed. Susan Polis Schutz. Boulder, Colorado: Blue Mountain Press, 1985. 11. Print. | Works Cited, cont.

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