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Sparky the Wonder Dog
Changing standards of radical chic
by Diego Santiago
They see in me when Iím about
A look in my eye and a confident grin.
A sign from the catcher tells me this guy
A mission accomplished at the nod of my
When I arch my arm and let the ball fly
Iím Mariano Rivera and not any old guy.
I practice the game in front of a mirror,
Mixing my pitches and drinking my beer
In the top of the Ninth with just one run
There is one name in baseball that the
players all dread.
Heís making a list heís checking it twice
He wants to find out whoís naughty and nice.
Why canít it be me that makes them all
MARIANO just once with his squint and his
That I accomplished, that was my plan,
I somehow changed places with that game
I now wear the pin stripes right under my
and stand ready to end all of those last
If anyone blinks and is heard oftí to
Iíll send him a message and give him a
When men come with beards and funny Red Sox,
Iíll call class in session for the school
of hard knocks.
If they come back again I can make matters
Iíll get the Bambino to send them a curse.
I have this secret itís changed my whole
Iím Mariano in public and ďMoĒ to my wife.
Iíve earned no great fortune or gained no
But Iím now a believer in whatís in a name.