Rated R (language and situations)
P.I.S.S.E.D. Ch. 6—Top of the 2nd
You camped on my doorstep,
While I sat on my throne.
You wanted my foresight,
But found no one was home.
You crowded the strike zone,
While I stood on the mound.
You wanted my fastball,
But I threw you the curve.
“…I figured what the hell, the midgets added ambiance, ha-ha-ha! Ahhhh, it was a fun night.” Raingirl smiled at the imitation wood bar, shaking her long curls at Felliniesque roles played in the theatre of her memories. “It made him happy.” She was speaking of her husband, and of keeping a twenty year marriage interesting.
As a courtesy to the several other patrons now populating the neighborhood bar, Max un-muted the sound.
…arts us off in the top half of the second after spotting the Mets a run…
“That’ll keep it interesting, alright,” Max said. “I saw a midget sex movie once, on the internet. It was short.” Raingirl didn’t get the joke. After a slight pause, Max went on, “So, Raingirl, what’s a potato do on a Saturday night?”
“Oh gawd… Is this a joke?”
Max almost sneered. “No, I really want to know. Of course it’s a joke!”
“Oh… Hmmm. Lemme think about that, alright?”
Max sighed, ready to deliver the punchline, “He hangs out with his spuddies.” So saying, he tossed another beer nut into the trash behind the bar.
…swung on and fouled out of play, strike one.
With arms folded, Sonny scowled at him. “Would you quit it!”
“Hey, I’m two for three.”
“Ha-ha! Now I get it… ‘Short movie.’ Ha-ha!” You didn’t have to drop a house on Raingirl more than once or twice.
…that fan is wishing he brought his glove right now… Hampton will rub up the new ball…
“Nevermind.” Max figured she’d get the potato joke later, or tomorrow in the shower.
Dougie entered the bar, shrugged off the penetrating chill from outside and ambled over to sit next to Raingirl. His large, round frame obliterated the stool as he grumbled in Raingirl and Max’s direction, “Yo.”
“Yo, Dougie,” they both replied. Sonny-boy awaited his usual order.
“Gimme a Bud.” Sonny nodded, grabbed a bottle of Bud, flipped the cap off, and set it down. “What’s this, baseball already?”
Raingirl sipped her russian, indifferent to the game on television.
…last year, he had twelve at-bats in the six slot. This guy can really bring it.
Cliche, Max noticed, long since having lost count.
Dougie grumbled something unintelligible. Max and Raingirl were used to it, and nodded in agreement. “Hey,” he added, “Remind me to pick up a can of beans on the way home.”
…he’s got the stuff, but how will he respond to the pressure night after night?
“…or Karen will kill me.” Max and Raingirl nodded again.
…that’s a bad sign for the home team…
Raingirl wanted to know what kind of beans. Dougie took his eyes off the television and looked at her, obviously confused. “Whaddya mean ‘what kinda beans?’ Beans is beans.”
Raingirl knew her beans, but Max didn’t know one from another. “Bring her some coffee, then.”
Ignoring that, Raingirl started to enlighten Dougie about beans. “Well, there’s garbonzo and red kidney and black beans and caribbean black beans…” She counted them off while the batter dug in.
…takes inside, ball two…
“…and pinto and baked and onion baked…” she pointed out specifically, as if it were her favorite, “…and barbeque baked and ‘bold and spicy’ baked…” which she quoted with her french-manicured fingertips “…and vegitar or country or honey style. And, there’s baked beans with hot dogs and…”
“… don’t forget Beanie and Cecil,” Max said. “And Beanie Babies.”
…here comes the two-two pitch…
“…great northern beans and pork and beans and how about cannellini beans? Mmm, good with bay leaves in it…”
“Bay leaves. You know, the herb?”
“Oh, yeah, I knew that.” Max went back to not saying anything. Dougie looked shocked, and appealed to him for help. “What the fuck is a cannelloni bean?”
Strike three at the knees!
“Not cannelloni, that’s pasta. Cannellini, the common bean.”
Dougie was beginning to hate beans. He whipped out his cell phone. “I’ll call her.” The three of them waited for Karen to pick up the call.
“You forgot Mr. Bean. And Bean Franklin.”
“Hey,” Dougie said into the mouthpiece, “…what kinda beans?” Pause. “Okay, yeah.” Pause. “Yeah.” Pause. “Yeah.” Pause.
“…and mung beans.”
“What are you, a bean counter?” Raingirl laughed at her own joke.
“That’s better than being a has-bean! Ha-ha!”
“Okay… alright.” Pause. “You, too.” Dougie hung up.
…he had six errors last season at the position…
“Great,” Dougie said to the television. “Now I gotta remember to get a can of tomatoes.”
Raingirl picked up her drink and took a sip.
…he hangs the breaking ball and it’s slapped to right center!
“Chunky or whole?”
“Peeled, ground or—”
“I don’t fuckin’ know.”
“Petite-cut, stewed, ready-cut, Italian style?”
…he’ll round first and head to second…
“Crushed or diced or petite diced or—”
“What are you a fuckin’ grocer?” They all laughed. Dougie was screwed, he’d have to make another call to Karen.
…he’s been the heart of the order for New York. One on, nobody out. Sandy Koufax tipped his pitches, all the way to the hall of fame…
“She might even want organic, dude,” Max added to Dougie’s mental maelstrom of beans and tomatoes. “Hey Sonny, gimme another gin.”
“Sloe, rummy, or mill?” Raingirl asked. It was Max’s turn to ignore her.
“Or ginsing?” Sonny added.
Max hung his head. “Just make it the usual carcino-gin…”
…that sinker died on the vine…
Max had his own midgets in the closet to play with in idle moments of lasciviousness. He and his own Lovergirl crossed that hump, so to speak, after only a few years together. He hid a smile behind his new gin. It was a long time ago…
They ran an ad in a Swingers magazine, just to see what responses they’d get. Hundreds of letters came in, which they read with eager fascination. Some responses included photos. One girl had a clothespin attached to every sensitive spot on her body, but her letter said she ‘wasn’t into pain.’ The young couple in Max’s mind chuckled heartily with the memory. One man wrote a seven page letter describing, in minute detail, how he’d like to come to their door in his fireman’s gear for a ‘safety check.’ Once inside, he would ravage Lovergirl. While Max looked on, he’d carry her to the bed and pound her—still wearing his helmet. They howled with laughter at the time, with Max going so far as to don some underwear on his head and chase Lovergirl with an eyeglass screwdriver into the bathroom, where they did it on the sink with the shower running.
That’s three straight breaking balls…
…and there was the time they did it while Max was driving over a very dangerous thirteen-mile stretch of road in the mountains. It was daybreak, after Lovergirl drained a bottle of mescal clear down to the worm the night before. Booze brought out the native in her. She reached across the shifter in the car and took Max out of his pants, grinning like a cat, and went down. Then she straddled him. Max was amazed he could climax and keep the car on the road. They were both more nimble back then. But Lovergirl wasn’t done; that’s asking a lot of a man in Max’s position, to return the favor indefinitely. So she slid off and moved to the passenger seat, where she distracted Max a whole lot more. God she was beautiful.
There was a fine line, however, between Lovergirl’s carnal lust and going on the warpath against the white man for stealing her ancestral home—Hawaii. Max never wanted to cross that path again, and warned would-be antagonizers who might mention the subject in her borderline inebriated presence against bringing it up, even by accident.
“Don’t ask her where she’s from,” Max would whisper at parties as Lovergirl approached her alcoholic redline. She was in no way, shape or form an authentic alcoholic. In fact, there were times when Max wished she’d get drunk more often.
We’ll go to the bottom half of the inning, with the Mets already on the board…