Baseball Phrases for Everyday Use

If that's the ball the catcher is gripping in his glove, it lokos like this squeez play is well on its way to suicide.

If that’s the ball the catcher is gripping in his glove, it looks like this squeeze play is well on its way to suicide.

The language of baseball is extremely pliable. As we roll into Independence Day Eve, looking forward to all the big colorful fireworks and party doings of tomorrow, here are simply a few bang-bang examples of how easily so many baseball terms and phrases fit so comfortably into another lexicon of descriptions for the kind of stuff that happens in our everyday lives. If you have some favorites in mind, or even some other descriptions for the phrases we’ve used here, The Pecan Park Eagle invites you to leave them as comments on this column in the section of this post that always follows each publication.

And Happy Special Friday, July 3rd, to One and All! Tomorrow is America’s Big 239th Birthday Celebration!  Here’s Our Early Happy Birthday Salute!

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Ten Baseball Terms and How They Also Apply to Everyday Life in America

Intentional Walk: if we are physically able, it’s an exercise we need to engage daily for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Home Run: Something we quickly do if we drive away from the house and suddenly realize we’ve left our wallet and driver’s license on the kitchen table.

Squeeze Play: A condition someone on a tight budget may experience annually when they find a way (which s getting easier by attraction in 2015) to renew their season tickets for Houston Astros games.

Texas Leaguer: Any purchase from a retail store whose products are slightly overpriced, but also a little bit short of good taste and quality.

Conference at the Mound: Something that happens when a homeowner and his consultant pest exterminator meet at the enormous fire ant bed that the former has discovered in his backyard to discuss a plan of action.

Hit and Run: The action progression that unfolds when a little kid sucker punches the much older  neighborhood bully in the mouth with no confidence that the action will even phase the big thug.

Double Play: When you are young and your first love is one of two identical twin sisters and you invite them both out for a first movie date – just to make sure you got the right one.

Double Play Example: “Ah, I remember the old double play…Ginger and Sandy Wells…5th grade! – Greg Lucas, 7/03/15.

Triple Play: When you are young and your first love is one of three identical triplet sisters and … (See Double Play above).

Double Header: ”a scenario that you might see frequently when you’re driving around. At a RR Crossing – when you see a train being pulled by two (2) engines; the old rail road term for that is ‘a double header’.” – Patrick Callahan, 7.03/15.

Can of Corn: Whether your first date is with one, two, or three girls, it is the container which holds every funny thing you came prepared to say during the evening. Sadly for you, you brought a can opener.

One Bounce Out (an 1860 base ball rule that gave fielders credit for a put out, if they captured a struck ball on the first bounce): In contemporary terms, it’s what wives do to unfaithful husbands whom they catch them cheating the first time.

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2 Responses to “Baseball Phrases for Everyday Use”

  1. gregclucas Says:

    Ah, I remember the old double play…Ginger and Sandy Wells…5th grade!

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Double Header: submitted 7/03/15 by Patrick Callahan – ” a scenario that you might see frequently when you’re driving around. At a RR Crossing – when you see a train being pulled by two (2) engines; the old rail road term for that is ‘a double header’.”.

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