Kicking dirt from cleats
male testosterone madness
breeds spring training boasts,
pumps-up high-payed egos, backs
fame through batting performance.

Smokeless tobacco
rounds cheeks with fresh big-league chew
preparing to juice
soften gloves and grease spitballs
cheered on by Bull Durham fans.

America’s game
peanut shells litter the ground
by half-eaten franks
where bodies pack together
along hardwood seat grandstands.