In which the decreasingly Royal We insert various passages representative of the Western Canon into works of Dick Allen, thus adding to those various works the grandeur of perspective.
In today’s episode, Dick Allen finds himself decked in the gold and green garb of the Oakland Athletics, unsure of what purpose he serves baseball and of how it serves him. The date is June 19, 1977, and the Athletics, led by Bobby Winkles, face Francisco Barrios and the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader. It is a dark and stormy night.
Top of the 7th, Athletics Batting, Behind 1-4, White Sox’ Francisco Barrios facing 4-5-6
- Wayne Gross singled to center.
- Earl Williams grounded into fielder’s choice to pitcher, Gross out at second.
- Willie Crawford walked, Williams to second.
- Jim Tyrone grounded out to second, Williams to third, Willie Crawford to second.
- Dick Allen pinch hits for Tony Armas (CF), batting eighth.
- Dick Allen took all his pain and what was left of his strength and his long gone pride and put it against the ball’s agony and the ball came over onto the outside corner, its stitches almost touching the edges of the plate. Allen dropped his shoulders and put his foot forward and lifted the bat as high as he could and drove it down with all his strength, and more strength he had just summoned, into the ball. He felt the wood go in and he he leaned on it and drove it further and then pushed all his weight after it.
- Dick Allen struck out swinging.
- Dick Allen to tears. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. He never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, he thought. “Nothing,” he said aloud. “I went out too far.” He returned to the dugout and dozed, dreaming about the lions.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Athletics 1, White Sox 4.
This has been the latest episode of Inserting Literature Into Works of Dick Allen.