A recent architectural expeditionStatue to the famed “Cool Crest Putting Diamond” of Kauffman Stadium (“right next to the Little K in right field”) discovered a little copper box containing a forgotten epic. Carbon dating revealed it to be “hella old,” but this assessment was quickly cast into doubt, as the “scientist” in charge of this research was revealed to be a fourteen-year -old hot dog seller.

What follows is a painstaking translation of this important, if highly, highly, dubious document, broken into small installments for accessibility and, well, it’s really long. Check back each Tuesday as Nerds on Sports brings you additional pieces of this most important scholarship.

THE EPIC OF GIL MECHE

He who has seen everything, I will make known to the lands.
I will teach about him who experienced all things…

Dayton granted him the totality of fifty-five mil.
He left the Safeco, discovered the Kauffman,
he brought information of the time before the Glass.
He went on a distant journey, pushing himself to Seattle,
and then was brought to Kansas City.

He worked on a spring diamond all of his mechanics,
and played the double A New-Haven,
a stop of the lengthy minors travel, the not-so-holy sanctuary.
Look at its wall which gleams like padding,
inspect its dugout wall, the likes of which no one should equal (it’s New Haven for crying out loud)!

Take note of the threshold year–it dates from ancient times!
Go close to the 2003 Temple, the residence of 15 wins,
such as no later king or man ever equaled!*

Go up on the wall of Safeco and walk around,
examine its foundation, inspect its brickwork thoroughly.
Is not even the core of the brick structure made of kiln-fired brick,
and did not the insurance company itself lay out a bunch of dough for the naming rights?

One league Rookie, one league Pacific Coast, one league Northwest; the open area of the Big League Temple,
three leagues, then the open future of a four-pitch hurler encroaches.

Find the copper tablet box,
open the clasp of its lock of bronze,
undo the fastening of its secret opening.
Take and read out from the Sportsline player tablet
how Gil Meche went through every hardship.

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*- True, because he put up 15 wins after missing 2 entire years. Nobody else has done that since the Korean War.

(This is a project I’m going to be undertaking with my Tuesday posts. I know I’m not the first to play on the name, and I have read The Great American Novel but I have yet to find anyone trying to work the KC ‘ace’ into ancient Sumerian/Akkadian legend. For the translation of the original which I will be completely ripping off, via Wikisource, head here.)

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  • RJ

    I think I love you.

  • Serpico

    This bardic tale changed me. For the better, I think.

  • You’re an insane whore who’s insane.

  • Did you know that Gil Meche slept with a Ron Guidry plush doll as a wee child? Sadly for Gil, he never got a cool nickname like Gator. He does love all the stupid cultural things you can reliably expect athletes to like, however. As a matter of fact, he is currently watching “American Idol” on his DVR.

    Great work on the epic poem. I’m in awe.

  • maya veet

    where this statue is from,and what it is his historical meaning and context

  • I believe it’s from the concession stand behind 3rd base at Kauffman. Its context is that its here.

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