Viewers may better understand this clip if you knew the original poem upon which this is based "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer - often considered one of baseball's greatest writings. The original poem: “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer in 1888. The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.