Study Guide

Casey at the Bat Stanza 8

By Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Stanza 8

Lines 29-32

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.

  • After all that buildup, the first pitch is finally on its way. The ESPN commentators usually just say, "and here's the pitch."
  • However, that's not quite dramatic enough in this context. Hence we get "the leather-covered sphere […] hurtling through the air." 
  • Casey watches "in haughty grandeur" as the ball speeds by. He doesn't swing because he doesn't like the pitch ("That ain't my style"). However, the pitch is a strike.
  • Casey is described as "the sturdy batsman" in this stanza. This gives us the image of a strong, confident hitter. But he's also described as "haughty." This sounds negative, overconfident, and arrogant.
  • This is the first time in the poem we've seen a description of Casey that could be considered negative. Is our speaker starting to turn against Casey? Let's move on and find out…

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