Baseball is the best

first things first.

i owe a huge apology to ranger fans for the major jinx i put on wash’s bunch in last night’s post.   if you recall,  i pretty much elevated the home team to ruthian  status and declared them the world series champs long before miguel cabrerra’s blast iced the game tonight.   oops.

sorry.   maybe michael young will wake up before 3:15 tomorrow.

anyway,  back to the brilliance of baseball.   through the years,  i have extolled many things about the great game.   here’s a new reason:   baseball slang.

baseball has a language unique to itself.   words that reach back a hundred years.   phrases that are steeped in tradition and baseball lore.   a clandestine vernacular known only to the hidden fraternity.

here a few of my favorites.   how many of them can you define?

Around the horn

The Bump

Bush

Fungo

Gopher ball

Pepper

Chin music

Pickle

Punchout

Frozen rope

Wheelhouse

Ducks on the pond

Texas Leaguer

Cheese

Blue

Ofer

Earhole

Tools of ignorance

Bleeder

Shelled

Wheels

do you have any favorites i should have mentioned?

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7 thoughts on “Baseball is the best

  1. Spare

    Can of Corn

    Crafty Lefthander

    Southpaw

    Scrappy (This one is for all the Ecksteins and other spare little punch and Judy players you love to love)

    Sandbagger

    Gas

    12 to 6 Curveball

    Slider, Splitter, Knuckle, Spitball, Change, 2 seam, 4 seam, etc…. Names of pitches is one of the coolest parts of baseball.

    Smalls

    Ole

    Look What He Found

    Clutch

  2. Padre, padre, padre, what have you done!!!! you jinxed my Rangers. I don’t know if I can survive… you must FIX this.

    and I got nothing on your listing of stuff there…. just long ball.

  3. um, no, but Bazooka Joe and some Ltl. League Chili Billies would be really good right now… washed down with an ICEE… (Ltl. Leagues have a vernacular too I suppose).

    your list did bring me to the “Baltimore Chop” (relevant for MD dwellers).

  4. Tweener

    Cutoff

    Pickoff

    Seventh inning Stretch

    From the stretch

    Dugout

    Move to first

    K

    Turn

    Full count

    Bull pen

    Pinch hit

    Squeeze

    Sacrifice

    Balk

    Steal

    The cycle

    The chalk

    The shift

    Caught looking

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