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For Sid Dominitz 

"Coming Down" comes the call
Brooklyn in the voice
The ball works its way around the infield
Back to Sid on the mound.

We used to joke
the only way we'd get to pitch
was if Sid ...

But those games are over
and it's too lofty a perch now, anyway,
for pretenders, mere mortals.
We lack the wit and the wisdom,
the character.

In another league now,
Sidney, Mighty Sidney
lobs fat giveaways
to Mantle and Maris

And between innings, relates the past glories
of beer league champions.

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