Can you summarize the poem "Casey at the Bat"?Casey at the bat summary

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Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" is one of my favorite poems. It tells the story of the mighty Mudville slugger Casey, a hitter of legendary proportions, who comes to bat with the game on the line in the bottom of the ninth inning and the tying runs on base. Every fan in the stands roars as Casey approaches the plate, and he salutes them by doffing his cap.

Casey takes the first pitch, and it is a called strike. The fans roar their disapproval, crying "Kill the umpire!" But Casey raises his hand to still the crowd. He takes the second pitch, and it, too, is a called strike. Again, Casey must quiet the angry crowd. As the third pitch flies from the pitcher's hand, Casey takes a might swing, "and now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow."

Guess what happened?

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 little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.