Second base is no second place. It is a winner,

A magic destination for a special kind of hit called

“Extra bases” that separates singles hitters

From their bigger and wealthier brothers,

Power hitters. It places runners in

“Scoring position” and supplies its temporary visitors

With the comforting knowledge that they are

Half-way home. Yes, it has a reputation as

A momentary destination in double plays but that

Is not duplicity; it is versatility.

No doubt, many bright young cushions on the Minor Leagues

Look forward to the day they are promoted

And debut in The Show and

Can proudly declare, “I am special.

I am second base, home of ghosts and heroes.”