Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Magic Brew?

Fillet of a Fenny Snake,
In the Cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frogge,
Wool of Bat, and Tongue of Dogge,
Adder's Fork, and Blind-worm's Sting,
Lizard's leg, and Howlet's wing,
For a Charm of powerful trouble
Like a Hell-broth boil and bubble.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616),
Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

This line, uttered by the second of the three ugly witches in Macbeth as they stir their boiling cauldron, is one of the most familiar phrases associated with traditional witchcraft. Maybe the Marlins have something in common with the three witches.

There is something to be said for team chemistry, and the Marlins this year seems to have just that. With the right mix of ingredients, the flavors blend into a delicious and savory dish whereas individually the components are dull and lackluster. Add a Cantu, a Hendrickson, a Gonzalez, and throw in a Helms and a Miller or two, into a pot already containing a Ramirez, a Willingham, and a Jacobs, and you might just drool over your home plate. Uggla even sounds occult, like the mysterious incantation in a magic brew.

Double, double toile and trouble ;
Fire burn and Cauldron bubble.

So, who are the real Brewers?


ASponge said...

Wonderful! That's the third Shakespeare-oriented piece to grace this blog (the other two written by me), and I have to hand over the crown to a worthy adversary.

JSponge, you currently hold the title for the best use of Shakespeare. I'm a big fan of your diction too: "Uggla even sounds occul, like the mysterious incantation in a magic brew." Masterful!

JSponge said...

I guess I will now have to continue with the same recipe, seeking solace from Shakespeare and perhaps writing a sonnet from time to time. Thanks for the kind words, not at all like Hamlet:

A little more than kin, and less than kind!

ASponge said...

And I think we know where they got the infamous "Liver of blaspheming Jew" from:

Clearly it's Wes Helms, for being great on Passover, yet playing when he should have been eating parsley.

Jay Warman said...

Wes is a member of the tribe?

ASponge said...

Hah, no. He just got the winning hit on Passover.

Loria is a Jew, though, and the team "thought" Mike Jacobs was. They planned Jewish Appreciation Night for him, then found out he wasn't Jewish.