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BALLADE OF THE FAN, by            
First Line: Madly I long for the day
Last Line: Ho for the crack of the bat!
Subject(s): Admiration; Fans; Games; News; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


MADLY I long for the day
When I can sit in the sun
Roasting each negligent play
After the game has begun.
This is the acme of fun,
Other amusements seem flat;
Ho for the corking home run,
Ho for the crack of the bat!

Now that the team is away,
All other news do I shun;
Closely I scan the array,
Noting each promising one;
All of my work is undone,
Chaos presides 'neath my hat;
Ho for the corking home run,
Ho for the crack of the bat!

Eagerly waiting the fray
Much as old Attila, Hun,
Waiting to pounce on his prey,
Daily I'm praying (no pun)
Just for the opening gun,
Nothing can stir me but that;
Ho for the corking home run,
Ho for the crack of the bat!

L'Envoi

White Sox! Go after the bun;
Pin them all down to the mat,
Ho for the corking home run!
Ho for the crack of the bat!





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