"The Base Stealer" and "The American Hero" Paragraph.
I think that the character in the story was thinking about psyching the
pitcher out. For example, “How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,”
means that he is trying to disguise what he wants to do. Also, “Poised
between goings on and back, pulled both ways taut like a tight-rope
walker,” means that he’s turned sideways ready to go back to the base
or to steal. Now he’s playing with the pitchers head by “Taunts them,
hovers like an ecstatic bird.” In the end he steals the next base.
“Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate - Now!” means that has seen the
pitcher make his move and the runner has made their decision to go.