Casey at the bat ESSAY
1037 WordsJan 13th, 20155 Pages
Too Much Pride Can Kill A Man
The game is looking grim, with two outs, Jimmy just safe at second and Flynn barely holding on to his position at third. The sea of people in the stands rose to leave in a defeated, hopeless manner, when one spectator cheered “it's Casey next up at bat!”. The crowd turned in optimism to watch what they had been waiting for all game, Casey at the bat. Casey, the crowd favourite, the only one who could possibly bring the mudville nine any sort of a victory, approached the plate with his chest puffed out in a strong cocky manner. He allowed the first pitch to pass him by, as though it was unworthy of his attention and skill, with the second pitch the…show more content…
Making themselves and Casey blind to any mistakes Casey has and will make.
Casey is a baseball player for the mudville nine whose demise as a character is shown because he is too prideful. During the failures of the other batters, the only thing the onlookers can think of is watching the beloved Casey hit the ball. And Casey, himself knows it, “For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat. / There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place; / There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile on Casey’s face” (2022). Though Casey’s true colours are shown when he allowed the first pitch to pass him right by, as he says ”That ain’t my style”(32). Come the second pitch the same, as though the ball is unworthy of even one more glance, “But still Casey ignored it”(41). There is a very fine line between having self confidence and being conceited, Casey flirts considerably with that latter of the two. Often an over the top display self confidence can be an attempt to try and hide their shortcomings and failures. Casey’s pride is nothing more than self hype. By the end of the poem his character flaws and downsides are revealed entirely. He is so selfinflated and overzealous his pride becomes the only thing on his mind, and in doing so he loses his mighty reputation, “But there is no joy in Mudville mighty Casey has struck out”(53).
Pride can kill any man, no matter their
Batter up! Just kidding Shmoopers. Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" is a baseball poem. No actual athletic ability or advanced sports knowledge is necessary for complete understanding and (perhaps) enjoyment of this poem. (Okay, you should probably at least know what these things are: pitcher, batter, strikes, outs, bases, and runs. If you read batter and thought about cakes or pancakes, please just… um, Google the word "baseball.")
"Casey at the Bat" is a thirteen-stanza ballad chronicling the last half-inning of a baseball game between the hometown team, Mudville, and their unnamed opponent. Mudville is behind by a score of 4-2 and there are just two outs left in the game. For you un-baseball types, that means things are looking very bleak. To make matters even worse, the next two batters are especially bad. If, by some miracle, these two batters were to reach base that would bring the team stud, Casey, to bat with the winning runs on base and Mudville would have a good chance to win.
And guess what. As they sometimes do, a miracle happens—twice. Both of those terrible players get hits and that brings Casey to home plate with a chance to win the game. The rest of the poem (from stanza 5-13) describes the crowd's reaction and Casey's at bat, from his approach to the plate to his ultimate (spolier alert!) failure: mighty Casey strikes out. Bummer. Yeah, we know the feeling.