William Butler Yeats' Rejected Baseball Prospectus 2014 Minnesota Twins Preview

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Baseball Prospectus asked the late poet William Butler Yeats to preview the Minnesota Twins for their 2014 edition. His submission was deemed "weirder than balls" so they had Gleeman write it up instead. Here is the rejected preview.

Turning and turning in the widening lead   
The pitcher cannot hear the catcher;
Things fall apart; centre field cannot hold;
Twins Territory is loosed upon the world,
The starting pitching is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of Opening Day is drowned;
The best lack all health, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity.


Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Twins season is at hand.   
The Twins season! Hardly are those words out   
When a vast image out of a 1991 World Series Highlights DVD
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the woods of the north,   
A shape with portly body and the head of a man,   
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   
Reel shadows of the indignant waterfowl.   
The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty years of Taco John's
Were vexed to nightmare by Nachos Navidad,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Minneapolis to be born?
I think it's Kent Hrbek.  And he's starving. 
Put the Twins at 72 wins. 78 max. Yeats out.


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