Editor Note: Did anyone know that Kyle Farnsworth was playing in the Mexican League?

Well, now we know. Athletes have to hang it up sooner than the rest of us, but we all have to hang it up sometime.

How many Texans cross over to watch baseball in Reynosa. I know of only one, and this is his poem, perhaps memoriam

for a one time baseball great.


Did Kyle Farnsworth pitch after that steamy night in Reynosa?

I don’t want to know.

The Reynosa Broncos’ manager removed Farnsworth after he gave up six early runs to

the Puebla Pericos.

The tall former Major Leaguer slumped off the mound, straightened and then walked

slowly to the dark dugout,

No more than 600 fans saw his exit …too dangerous to be out at twilight or dark in that

bullet-marked city on the banks of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.

Did Farnsworth stay in the dugout to watch Puebla pile on more runs?

Or, did he shower and drive away?

Reynosa, like the vanished Farnsworth, would also leave the next year – moving to safer


I feel Farnsworth.

The removal.

The slump, stoop, slow walk,

Into a dimly lit dugout, then darkness.


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-December 2017.







Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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