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'Twas the night before Cub-mas

‘Twas the night before Cub-mas

by R. Lincoln Harris | Posted on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
| 2042 baseball fanatics read this article

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Masahiro Tanaka

All I want for Christmas is Masahiro Tanaka.

‘Twas the night before Cub-mas, when all through the town
not a creature was stirring, and attendance was down.
The stockings were hung from the rooftops with care
in hopes that contention soon would be there.

Cub fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of .500 danced in their heads;
and Theo in a kerchief, and Jed in a blue cap,
had settled their brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out in Japan there arose such a clatter,
we all wanted to see what was the matter.
Away to the Twitter we flew in a hurry,
read all the news and the stories without worry.

The Golden Eagles of Ratuken, in the land of Japan
had posted a pitcher who was in high demand.
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
but a pitcher who hadn’t been beat in a year.
To bring our prospects a load of good cheer-oh,
we knew in a moment it must be Masahiro.
More rapid than fastballs his suitors they came,
and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Yankees! Now, Dodgers! Now, Rangers and Cubs!
and any other surprise contender clubs!
To the top of the game! To the top of the world!
Now show me all of your contracts unfurled!”
And we heard him exclaim, in a voice loud and clear:
“Happy bidding to all, and I’ll see you next year!”

Post By R. Lincoln Harris (215 Posts)

I was born in Cardinals country, but came over the Cubs at a very young age. Jack Brickhouse was the grandfather that I never had, and I would run home after school to catch the end of the Cubs game on Channel 9. I've lived in Chicago my entire adult life, and I'll never leave until the Cubs win the World Series. After that, perhaps I'll think about it. I love writing about baseball, and I hope you'll enjoy my posts in this space.

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