KG Newman

The Grip

KG Newman

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The day after the season ended I was finally ready to admit my depression,

like the sadness of 27 summers of not winning the division compounded

into the longest late-September Monday in history.

                                                                                     The morning traffic wanted

to gridlock me into reflection. I knew there’d never be the same team twice,

or two exact at-bats, failure as unique as fingerprints and the nostalgic forces

I’ve always relied on: cutting the grass as the radio emanates the pinball

ongoing at Coors, the injecting of myself into the broadcast

just to imagine the ability to keep the same face after a K as a homer.

                                                                                                                    Years later,

I still see myself with trouble sleeping, all the baseballs in my garage likely

to sprout legs to steal crooked bases in my dreams. And after another season

we believed was going to turn out differently, I’ll cover the diamond

with a see-through plastic, in total darkness, and turn on all the sprinklers.

KG Newman


KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. His first two collections of poems, While Dreaming of Diamonds in Wintertime and Selfish Never Get Their Own, are available on Amazon. His third collection is forthcoming from Nasiona Press. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at kgnewman.com. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his wife and two kids.