*Whispering* Hi, hi, welcome to the Dr. Seuss hot stove reading. No, no, it’s okay–Traffic was terrible? That’s such a shame, but don’t worry, these things happen. Yes, he’s already started, but go on in, just stand in the back– I’m sorry? Ahhh, no, no photos during the reading, but he’ll be sticking around later and you can talk to him then. Yes, just through here…
…and grind on for miles, across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a trade to go
or an offer to come, or a Wade to go
For Soto or Romo or Lo Cain to go
(to Milwaukee, for real?), or the Alex Cobb show
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for Lance Lynn‘s beard to grow.
Everyone is just …waiting.
Waiting for the Union to fight
or the next Jeter trade, to malign out of spite
or a barnstorming tour of free agents (they might!)
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
for the hot stove to boil, or a story to break
or a ball to hurl, or the crack of bats
or a kinder world, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
That’s not for Yu!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
you’ll find the sand lots
where prospects are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right hand with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!