Baseball Jargon 101:

Baseball Jargon

(Fort Myers, FL, 03/07/13) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell takes relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan out of the fourth inning of a Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Staff Photo by Matt Stone

Baseball jargon or chatter as some would say is in a league of it’s own when it comes to language.  Starting April 1 as the players hit the fields and the fans gather at the ballparks there will be a lot of talk.  Are you prepared? I realized I surely am not.  Upon scrolling through articles, pages and pages of stats, baseball bloops, blogs and overhearing radio broadcasts I am dumbfounded by the words and phrases professionals and even amateurs (obviously not as amateur as I) use as they talk baseball.  To some such as myself the language is an anomaly. For those of you like me I hope this post will give you a little more insight to baseball lingo and more at ease when attending games and hanging with friends.

Snow Cone Grab

What the ‘bleep’ does that mean?  Apparently it’s when a player catches a ball high in his glove to leave the fans in suspense.  Will he drop it or will it stick? The ball is literally snatched between the player’s mitt’s webbing.  That’s what it means when a player makes a snow cone grab.

Punch and Judy Hitter

To be technical (that’s a bit of sarcasm) punch and Judy hitter simply means the hitter has no power and it’s a miracle if he ever hits a home run.

Chin music

If you hear the term chin music I would think you would want to gasp as a silent reply to a player almost getting his face torn off by a fast pitch.  Chin music is when a pitch almost swipes the side of the hitter’s face.  Phew! A sigh of relief!

Bases Juiced

The bases are juiced; the bases are loaded. I’m beginning to think baseball jargon is nothing but slang. Let’s try to find something less uncouth.

Can of Corn, pea, rhubarb, tater, cheese, dish

I never thought I could relate baseball to food so well.  Can of corn means no sweat by the fielder. It was an easy catch.  Pea refers to any ball, thrown or hit that flies by at lightning speed; rhubarb is a pansy term for players getting into a brawl on or off the field; tater is a home run; cheese is a fast ball and dish is home plate. One must wonder what a conversation would be like when using these terms?  Could you imagine…

There are two baseball players having a conversation in the field. One says to the other, “That was a can of corn. And the other one responds, “It was a pea!  What are you talking about?” Then a rhubarb starts between the two of them. Meanwhile the player on the opposing team hits a cheese that ends up being a tater and runs all the way to dish.

Well, there you have it, baseball jargon 101. The next time you are engaged in conversation at a game or watching from the tube throw down these terms and see what responses come back. Game on!

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