Ode To Opening Day

Dad talking with daughter about having  a Baseball Opening Day Holiday and Inside BaseballThis is a baseball poem I wrote, ODE TO OPENING DAY. Opening Day should be made a national holiday. Where is the problem in that? It is a given. It only makes sense. If one more holiday is one too many, get rid of that ridiculous charade of the Columbus Day holiday. It is a sham I am embarrassed for those that accept it as fact. Very strange. Well, after all that, this poem is a push toward making Opening Day a national holiday. Wait, let's do better than that even, let's make it a Baseball Fete.

Trum Field. Somerville, MA

Baseball bats lined up ready for gametime













With Opening Day

Come the sound of bats

    Of balls

The smell of leather

    Of newly hewn grass

        The sun on the back

            Of dusty winds 

The imagination moves

Of possibilities

     Of your team doing best

         Of being on top

             Of leading the way

With Opening Day

Babe in front of his locker, says

Hi kid,”

To the Babe, everyone is kid

With Opening Day

Come my self-declared holiday

No longer do I wait for Opening Day


         National Holiday

It is    It is mine    It will always be

Isn't that the day when children get sick?

Can't go to school?

When parents realize how serious this ailment is?

Isn't that the day when the mind can't concentrate?

      Loses its power to steady?

         The day the mind wanders hither and yon?





With Opening Day

The watch consulted

The mind in the park

Number 3 steps out of the dugout

Seventy thousand cheers



With Opening Day

Players pick up    feel

Scratchy new uniforms

The stomach jumps


Meeting with the watch

Train leaves    one hour

What to do?

Such immense expanse of time?

Players pulling up their trousers now

Ready to step into shining black shoes

A gleaming pearl in the starter’s shoe

What are the umps doing now?

This moment?

Probably not at the park

Sure they are

Where else to be?

Not having a leisurely meal

Not now

Into the pockets

Yep    the tickets

Sit down    stand up

Down at the watch

Up to the window    the sky

Bright white sphere in ethereal blue

The wind in the trees is light

An outfielder glides under a ball

Will there be any spectacular plays today?

The shoulders rise

The blood pumps    thump    thump

The watch

Still to wait

Are they throwing balls around now?

Did Babe get butterflies on Opening Day?

Such ritual

Opening Day

     A National Holiday

         We must make it so

Welcome to Opening Day, kid.”

White sparkling on emerald green

An umbrella of cobalt blue

Son, Pete Murray with The Babe out beyond the right field fence at The Ball Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Eutaw St, Baltimore with statue of Babe Ruth and son Pete, both awaiting baseball


The Babe

Fireworks display behind statue of The Babe, baseball's greatest  hero.


As a pitcher you are your own coach when you are on the mound. There might be 50,000 people in the stands, or no one, with one bench yelling encouragement while the other, discouragement, or not. 

Whatever the case, you are alone, you are by yourself, with a job that must be done. It is up to you to get it done.

You must know what adjustments to make if you suddenly find yourself in a situation where the ball is not doing what you want it to do the way you want it to do it. This is an extremely important part of your job, of pitching. You must learn your game and know it well. At the same time, you must maintain a calm inner being. You must be relaxed.
Learning the art of pitching takes lots of time, study, and infinite patience to be an effective pitcher. If there is a perfect way to do something, it can be learned. Learn the perfect way to pitch, and then practice diligently. Learning how to maintain a calm inner being, being completely relaxed, is easier than you think.

Scroll down for more information on both these pitching aspects.

"If you want to be the best, you must do what the best do."
                                                                                                                     ---Skip Murray

"That which you do not know, the doing will quickly teach you."
                                                                               ---Lao Tzu

Baseball players, as is the case with all athletes, perform at their highest level when they are relaxed. When the mind is clear the body is body to move freely and easily. When the body is moving freely, the athlete is able to perform at the highest level.
The question is, how does the athlete get to the point where he or she is constantly and consistently competing at that highest level? In other words, how does the athlete get to the point where his or her mind and body are completely clear and performing at peak level? Keep on reading, here is your answer.

One highly effective method is to use subliminal messaging software. This conditions your subconscious mind to work with your body at its optimum level. The technique is simple, you simply watch the proper subliminal message program as recommended, and your subconscious mind automatically learns to do the right things at the right time. It is as easy as that.

Winning Athlete Subliminal Message Software

So now, mind and body are working together, and that, my friends, 
is a winning combination.

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