11 players start tonight.
I note that, much to my dismay,
We'll play to inning 6 today.
It still feels wrong, the game's beginning.
Was that an out on strike 7 swinging?
My jaw fell slack, my eyes grew wide.
Out number 10 retired the side.
"I can't explain these rules!" I kvetch.
What's this about a 2nd inning stretch?
They had a fight, the benches cleared
But 27 players per team appeared.
A fellow fan was heard to say
"Do all 26 teams play this way?"
A man, who chanced to overhear
replied, "165 times each year".
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Hint #1: With respect to the title, in each couplet, think of correct number as "par"
Hint #2: The first couplet could read:
It doesn't fit! It isn't right!
(+2) players start tonight.