Spahn and Sain and pray for rain?

By John McAlpine | Apr 10, 2013
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The Mariner game is on the radio and they're playing the Astros (known in some circles as the Lastros) who again are hitting as though they are the re-incarnation of any of the great Yankee teams. It's already 5-0 as I write this and it seems every ball hit by Houston goes a long way before a fielder catches up with it. Even foul balls are traveling 300 plus feet.

What gives? Well it's early in the season and I think it's generally considered that hitters are ahead of pitchers at this point. Or is it the other way around? It doesn't matter because this is only the 10th game of the year. With 152 to go, I'm not terribly concerned that the pitching staff will be this way all year, though the rumor is the M's marketing department was considering borrowing a catch phrase from back in the day.


During the season of 1948 (yikes! That's a long time ago) the Braves (in Boston then) had two good pitchers, Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. The rest of the staff was suspect and worried the front office, the manager and the fans. A newspaper man wrote a little poem:

First we'll use Spahn
then we'll use
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come
followed by
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain.

Spahn & Sain by Gerald V. Hern ©


I learned this as “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain”.

However, rhyming the current Seattle hurlers, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma is proving difficult. Try it and you'll see what I mean. 'Hernandez and Iwakuma and pray for a typhoona' doesn't quite have the same flow does it?


Now get out there and take one for the team!

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