42

19 times 42 swiped home
breaking into the league
breaking barriers on the field
becoming a barrier to racism
leading Dem Bums past the Damn Yankees
infusing, inspiring, connecting the movement
with the masses.

As 42 floods the field across the league,
Yu's pitching and Contreras' bombs
are both more significant in the moment
and less in the greater scheme
than the shared 42 connecting and leveling
the playing field on both sides of the white lines
and opening doors for Darvish, Contreras, Heyward, Baez,
Banks, Williams, Jenkins, Dawson,
and hoards of others to Fly the W
in tribute to 42, who put the biggest run of all on the board.

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