Strike 3 The Pitchers Prayer

Who is this towering figure that strides towards the mound
His hair tucked under his ball cap his chalk bag and glove in hand.
Lord protect him and guide him as his hand meets the ball
May he crush his opponent with the strength and speed of the ball
I pray it travels hard and fast till it meets the catchers glove
May his skill be respected by the hush of the crowd above
He scatches the dirt with his cleats just below the rubber and wipes the sweat from his brow
He leans forward with the ball and glove hidden behind his back
His eyes of steel meet his opponent his face is without expression
He brings the ball and glove to chest
Under his breath he whispers
God this ones for the crowd
Also for me Lord
The pitcher on the mound.

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