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Baseball Playoff

***** Location: USA
***** Season: Autumn (October)
***** Category: Humanity


Even if most of us don't watch baseball through the entire 162 game season, many of us are glued to our TVs and radios during October.
The Boston Red Sox are known for never winning a World Series since they traded away Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The Red Sox have been considered cursed since they traded away the most famous baseball player ever:

Fenway is the name of the stadium where the Red Sox play. it is also known for the 'Green Monster' a huge wall in the outfield:




Baseball Haiku
Cor van den Heuvel (Editor)
Nanae Tamura (Editor)

One of the most unusual baseball books of the 2007 season, this remarkable new collection, which includes poems from both America and Japan, captures perfectly the thrill of baseball—a double play, a game of catch, or the hushed pause as a pitcher looks in before hurling his pitch. Like haiku, the game is concerned with the nature of the seasons: joyous in the spring, thrilling in summer's heat, ripening with the descent of fall, and remembered fondly in winter.

Featuring the work of Jack Kerouac, the king of the Beat writers, who penned the first American baseball haiku, and Alan Pizzarelli, a major American haiku poet, the collection also includes Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku, who fell in love with baseball when he was a student in Tokyo.

Worldwide use


Shigenobu Shima, 28, of the Hiroshima Carp, this season's leading hitter in the pro baseball Central League, may be one of those who were treated to a rainbow after putting up with rainy skies.
………………………And a little further down this article:

But as rain is inevitable, it is of little use to blame this feeling on the lack of the sun's rays shining behind you, as was the case with the Shimas. A haiku poem by Kyoshi Takahama says:

"Looking up at a rainbow,
The image of you, my dearly beloved, is evoked all at once
As if you were there"

Read the full article here: (Yumiuri Shinbun October 19, 2004)
Gabi Greve

Things found on the way


A reading at the National Arts Club in Manhattan.

A Celebration of Haiku and Baseball
Compiled by Larry Bole, May 2007

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

another October
at Fenway--

the pitcher
watches his perfect game
fly over the green monster

October winds-
the last home run
thrown back

* In some stadiums, when the opposing team hits a home run or a foul ball into the stands, the fans will throw them back to the field...which happened at Fenway and Yankee stadium during the playoffs.

winds of change-
Yankee fans
wait till next year

* Usually in the post season, it is the Red Sox fan who 'waits till next year' But this year, the Red Sox came back to win a best of seven series.

Kate 2004


Related words

. Baseball mascots with Daruma san  


***** Baseball Winter Meetings
Kigo for WINTER in North America

New York snowstorm --
Mets' and Yankees' brass
dealing in Dallas

snowball fight
baseball winter meetings
winner take all

Here is a summer baseball haiku:

groundball in the hole ---
shortstop and third baseman
dive: dolphins




This event is an opportunity for baseball's backbone to reflect on last year's season and plan for the future as we prepare to set records in 2005. Looking at what has and has not worked in the past provides a seasoned look at new ideas and directions for the future. It is time to gather, collaborate and play as we conduct the business of baseball while also celebrating our great pastime.

Minor League Baseball
President Mike MooreThere are several key facets of the Winter Meetings of which you need to be aware. The Bob Freitas Business Seminar, the Baseball Trade Show featuring more than 275 exhibitors and the 12th annual Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities Job Fair are annual staples of the event. The schedule also includes meetings held by leagues, classifications and executive committees.
The knowledge to be gained is immense, but for the times you start to feel as if you've had enough baseball business talk, there will be exciting special events such as Opening Night at the Trade Show, Luncheon, Annual Banquet & Annual Gala. Information on these events is forthcoming.

The annual Winter Meetings boasts the largest assembly of executives from all classifications or professional baseball in the world. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend including representatives of 160 Minor League Baseball and 30 Major League Baseball organizations.
We are also pleased to welcome representatives from various countries.


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Baseball opening day, Baseball's opening day
kigo for spring

Opening Day is warmly regarded in North American tradition as the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season.
 Baseball opening day.. Reference

opening day -
Mighty Casey gets
one more chance

Bethel Prescott
Kigo Hotline, March 2008


Jackie Robinson Day
April 15, 1947

The ballplayer and his legacy will be remembered with tributes and testimonials. All big-league players will wear Robinson's number 42 on their backs, the only number in sports retired in perpetuity.

It is important to remember that Robinson broke major league baseball's color line on April 15, 1947. But if we restrict Robinson's influence to baseball, we do both him and what he accomplished a tremendous disservice. He was arguably the most important civil rights figure, and the integration of baseball the most important civil rights story, in the years immediately after World War II.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Here is an opening day haiku by Randy Brooks from the book, "Baseball Haiku," edited with translations by Cor van den Heuvel & Nanae Tamura:

opening day...
green of the field
through the ticket gates

and here is one I wrote recently while riding the subway on the New York Yankees' opening day (although I was going somewhere else, alas!):

Opening Day:
the home team's logo
sprouting up everywhere!

Larry Bole
Kigo Hotline, March 2008


kigo for late summer

naitaa ナイター "nighter"
night game


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Cracker Jack

a U.S. brand of snack consisting of strong molasses-flavored candy-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of nominal value inside. Some food historians consider it the first junk food.
Cracker Jack is also famous for its connection to baseball lore.
. . . . . Prizes were included in every box of Cracker Jack beginning in 1912.
One of the first prizes was in 1914 when they produced the first of two Cracker Jack baseball card issues, which featured players from both major leagues as well as players from the short lived Federal League. The prizes attained pop-culture status with the term "came in a Cracker Jack box," referring to an object of limited value. In recent years, the toy and trinket prizes have been replaced with paper prizes displaying riddles and jokes.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

and Cracker Jacks
cloud dragons

- Shared by Jimmy ThePeach -
Joys of Japan, October 2012


. North American Saijiki .



Gabi Greve said...

From our friends in Kenya

child lying
under a tree's shade --
baseball cap in hand

~ Walter Otieno

baseball cap
for my brother --
birthday present

~ Joseph Mutavi

shop display window --
white baseball caps
hanging from nails

~ Raymond Otieno

weekend evening --
a footballer wearing
a baseball cap

~ Bilher Wanjiku

baseball fever --
hidden in a baseball cap,
a man's shaven head

~ Catherine Maina

hot day --
the goal keeper sweating
under the baseball cap

~ Irene Oketch


Anonymous said...

ice cold beer
baseball on an old



Anonymous said...

birds soar in right field
fresh grass shimmering with dew
entire innings missed


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