There Are No Timeouts in Baseball

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There Are No Timeouts in Baseball

There Are No Timeouts in Baseball

Today’s poem is for Cleveland’s Opening Day, and it’s not a lie but the opposite: it’s based on, and titled with, one big truth.

"THERE ARE NO TIMEOUTS IN BASEBALL" by Robert McDonough

The players scattered around the diamond
perform the small routines of the game:
singles, putouts. They know perfection
can strike at any time. The fans,
drawn from everywhere to watch, know it, too.
The baselines meet infinity at home plate,
and, when the umpire wants the game to pause,
he calls for “Time.”


"There Are No Timeouts in Baseball" by Robert E. McDonough from No Other World. Cleveland State Poetry Center 1988. Used with permission of the author.

Robert E. McDonough has published No Other World, Greatest Hits and numerous poems in little magazines and anthologies. He moderates the Cuyahoga County Public Library poetry workshop, which meets monthly at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch.