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.
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!
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!