Etcetera 12.

(Photo by Alex Christopher)

Dirt, cops, and stairs. Now this is a park. Dodger Stadium, a Tuesday evening in June.

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A dedicated grounds crew here, with the blue hose to shoot.

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The Rockies are in town, that’s why the air smells like violet perfume.

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The organ blows “My Favorite Things” in dirge, so heaven can be gothic.

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Up the ravine, out in the distance, a fire road winds towards Hollywood.

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A lot of noise and a bag of old peanuts. Ice cream here!

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The teenager makes his home debut. His first pitch a ball, his second pitch a strike.

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Hugs in the stands, smiles on the field.

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The ball travels on the wind with one broken wing. A startling strikeout!

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The kid is a cool spirit on the mound. Pitches with a stutter, a good stutter.

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Now the sky is violet too. Officially it’s 66 degrees.

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We got a grass blot single and we got a snake single up the gulch. This could be a fender bender.

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Bottom of the fourth, waiting in line for onions, watching the game on the mounted tubes.

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They’re taking the kid out? Let’s go to the gift shop and listen what Vin has to say.

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If any one team can bunt nickels, it’s these Rockies this year. Guaranteed.

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They got a raffle going? What’s the raffle? It’s cash only? What is it?

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They should’ve let the kid pitch a hundred. I mean let him pitch through five at least.

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I want to stand. I may head back to the gift shop and buy a couch.

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You may give blood for a pair of tickets at this table.

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Well, we got our Nashville chucker on the mound now. I say that’s likable.

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Colorado looking a lot like Seattle right now am I right?

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A night of countless substitutions. A night of mixed feelings. Not to mention a handful of nice outs.

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Got any of that Bazooka left? We need a hit right here.

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Chucker’s got our backs. Wait — never mind.

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How is this game tied? It’s getting late. Run it!

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This is a game of respect, anger, and not much else.

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Something will burst. Dodgers have a way of bursting. Wait and see.

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Sixth Street! We love it.

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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