Etcetera 13.

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodger on the mound.

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He of the high-wired high-winding hustle — chain lightning, a hit-preventing kick. He is strict.

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He’ll slow roll on you too. Watch out. He knows his every pitch.

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And when he messes up he sees why, and hell. He paces the green lake after that toss, fuming.

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The ball is his brother. He handles it with care and speaks with it in earnest. He makes quick work.

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He hits space: He throws inside a tight air pocket and the sphere makes a last-second drop. Strikeout.

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His teammates need to score. That’s all. That’s what.

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It’s a lot to do with breath. The man knows how to breathe. Also his wrist has a brain.

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He leans left and spins with a curl. He escapes the jam.

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A fat fastball with a capital F, and money in the bunk.

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He thought that a strike. He hopped at the call! A.J. better go and talk to him.

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At the end of the day he owns the neatest business in the meanest business out there.

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He hates to hand the ball over to his manager. Naturally.

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His name ends in W and he just earned another.

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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