by Kevin T McEneaney
After hitting a home run or double,
I often see batters make a cross sign,
thanking the Creator for the big hit.
Do they think God a puppet master?
They are thanking God for the expert hit,
which does involve such tense difficulty
that a hit seems conjured superstition.
A true believer is like a batter
with the odds of getting a two -base hit,
which is certainly less than one in eight.
Yet, as in Blaise Pascal’s betting wager,
the batter must believe he can do it—
that he’s in the game at the stadium,
even if as a face in the bleachers.