As my home town team
Go Russia, Uruguay,
slips like an old man on ice,
Go Spain, Portugal,
I dream not of a new ball team,
Go France, Denmark,
but of a new sport entirely.
Go Croatia, Nigeria,
I have forsaken the familiar leagues
Go Brazil, Switzerland,
to join the community of nations
Go Mexico, Germany,
where they do not know of balls and strikes.
Go England, Belgium,
Some may accuse me of disloyalty,
Go Japan, Senegal,
but I have only one thing to say: