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Contest: Best Angels limerick, poetry or haiku


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By Jessica Grey - AngelsWin.com Feature Writer
 

Although I consider watching baseball a full time job my actual day job is writing stuff.  Okay, not quite. My actual day job is running around after two preschoolers and a hyperactive puppy.  My writing stuff job gets done at night.

This may come as a shock to you, but most baseball games happen at night.  I like to say there are two seasons: baseball season and the season I actually get work done.  I’ve tried to write and watch Angels games at the same time - this could partially explain why so many baseball players show up in my novels. What usually happens is I end up on Twitter talking about the game with fellow fans.  And sometimes finding baseball commonality with other writers.  Which is how I was challenged by a tweep to write a haiku about Mark Trumbo’s home run power. 
 
So I did.
 
And I liked it. So I took some requests and wrote a few more about other Angels players.  I like to pretend that I’m stretching my writerly brain, so it’s beneficial to be writing Japanese style poetry about ball players.  In reality, it’s just tons of fun.
 
What is a haiku you ask?  Well, You, I’m thrilled you want to know.  Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry with a restricted number of syllables.  It’s most traditionally done in three lines arranged like this: 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables - and by most traditionally I mean this is how it gets taught in high school English.  For more on traditional haiku check out this hand dandy Wikipedia article. I completely geek out over this stuff, but I’ll sum up by saying: haikus are awesome.
 
But don’t take my word for it!  Let’s unveil some Angels baseball haikus, shall we?
 
Trumbo
sharp crack of the bat
the crowd roars: the outfield gapes
softly the pitcher cries
 
Those of you with sharp eyes and killer syllable counting skills will note I used six syllables on that last line instead of five. Le gasp!  This is what happens when you write poetry on Twitter, people! However, I like the line. Therefore, it stays as is.
 
So after my Trumbo haiku I got a request for a Haren and Trout ones.
 
Haren (or maybe I should call it “In Memoriam”)
steel eyed gun slinger
hurling white leather bullets
slaying our rivals
 
Trout
infield sentinels
guarding the bases: he laughs
and steals them anyway
 
Here’s the thing about haiku: it’s only seventeen syllables! You really have to narrow down what you want to focus on.  In Trout’s case I picked stealing bases but I could have picked a bazillion and one other things (this is not an exaggeration).  And this is where you come in! 
 
Chuck here at AngelsWin.com has challenged me to do haikus for the entire starting line up!  That’s a lot of poems (short though they are)!  I’d like your help picking attributes to focus on for each player.  It was a really good thing I got specific instructions for my first one, or my Trumbo haiku might have looked like this:
 
Trumbo
Forty-four: fangirl.
I fangirl. Fangirl so hard
And now I am dead.
 
Okay, it might have been slightly more coherent than that.  Slightly.  Maybe.
 
So here is your starting line up:
 
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Howie Kendrick
SS: Erick Aybar
3B: Alberto Callaspo
LF: Mike Trout
CF: Peter Bourjos
RF: Josh Hamilton
C:   Chris Iannetta
DH: Mark Trumbo
 
SP: Jered Weaver
SP: C.J. Wilson
SP: Jason Vargas
SP: Tommy Hanson
SP: Joe Blanton
 
RP: Ryan Madson
RP: Ernesto Frieri
RP: Scott Downs
 
Manager: Mike Scioscia
 
Tell me how you’d like your favorites immortalized in short form Japanese style poetry OR try your hand at haiku yourself!  Leave your suggestions in the Facebook comments or on the forums.
 
I look forward to writing some more Angels haiku!
 
You can find Jessica online at www.authorjessicagrey.com
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A man lives out his days

Yelling and pouting

Oh why oh why

Do we not have any advance scouting?

 

Albert Pujols and Hackilton

These names are a few

If Trout starts to suck

He'll have a name too!

 

We'll sign any old vet

And treat young kids like peasants

Can someone please tell me

Why we have no international presence?

 

I scold the front office

They need to JUST STOP IT!

Once I start venting

You know I can't drop it!

 

Ghost Pujols is sad

Nibs Nibbler is horrible

But there's no one quite like

Our own Angel Oracle

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