Take Me Out of the Ball Game
 
 


by Jeff Nathan
 
   

(Sing to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”)

Take me out of the ball game.
Take me off of the mound.
Get me out quickly—oh, please don’t wait.
I throw hard, but I can’t reach home plate.
I just walked another four runs in.
If we don’t win, I’m to blame.
And it’s one, two, three strikes, I’m out
when I play this game.

Take me out of the ball game.
Take me out right away.
Why did you put me at second base?
When the ball comes I will cover my face.
I just broke the record for errors.
If we don’t win, I’m to blame.
And it’s one, two, three strikes, I’m out
when I play this game.

Take me out of the ball game.
Take me out of right field.
Put someone in who won’t trip and fall—
anyone who can catch a fly ball.
Now I just missed my fourteenth grounder.
If we don’t win, I’m to blame.
And it’s one, two, three strikes, I’m out
when I play this game.

Take me out of the ball game.
It’s my turn up at bat.
I can’t hit the ball, which is no surprise.
I’m too frightened to open my eyes
And I heard strike three whizzing past me.
If we don’t win, I’m to blame
For it’s one, two, three strikes, I’m out
when I play this game.



Text © Jeff Nathan, reprinted from Oh My Darling, Porcupine, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


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