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Alone At The Plate
By Dusty Baker—Author of “You Can Teach Hitting”

He pulls on a helmet,
picks up the bat,
and walks to the plate,
"gotta hit and that's that.

"The crowd starts to yell,
the game's on the line,
last inning, two outs,
the score's nine to nine.
 

Dad yells, "Go get it,"
Mom wrings her hands,
coach hollers, "hit it,"
but alone there he stands.

Heros are made
in seconds such as this,
but he's just a little boy,
what if he should miss?

Years after this game's ended
and he's little no more,
will he remember the outcome
or even the score?

No he'll have forgotten
if he was out, hit, or a run,
he'll only look back on
his friends and the fun.

So cheer this boy on,
alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness
this stand at the plate.

Spend your time wisely
and help in his quest
to be a hitter
with confidence
and always his best.

And when the game's over,
this boy can stand tall,
for you've helped him prepare
to give it his all!