Vin Scully said outfielders have a lot of time
to think and destroy themselves, not just
over over-cooked at-bats but also the next
drug test, repetitive electric bills, this season’s
sabermetric drop-off that’s sure
to dwindle any open market value.
But is it fair to measure a man
by his righty/lefty splits and OPS?
Or is a better litmus test his body language
following the day’s fourth strikeout,
the way he gives chase to a liner
in the gap, the humility in his trot
after a long struggle leads him
to this deliver-in-the-clutch spot?