Casey at the Bat

Casey at the BatCasey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Springtime is special. The breaking of the weather means the ballplayers come north from the Grapefruit (and Cactus) League. It’s a glorious time.

I celebrate this ritual annually with the traditional reading of this American classic! I love “Casey at the Bat”.

Reading of the Mudville nine puts a smile on my face. I read this with my students and my children each spring. The way things fell this year, we waited until after the season began. But it meshed well with our classroom poetry exploration.

‘Tis true that the language is not modern, but for some of us, that is welcomed. This year’s students seemed to take to the poem pretty well. I followed our reading with showing them Penn & Teller’s version.

This is part of the shared culture.

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