While rotating between music and baseball broadcasts during long road trips, me and my wife discovered another form of entertainment: her making fun of funny-sounding baseball slang. She's a diehard football and basketball fan but just has never taken to America's Pastime. That's okay, because I don't like many of the things that interest her, plus it's a lot of fun to hear her hokey voice when she spouts out mocking terms like: "Wow! A whole tray of green beans in center field!" So this one goes out to Michele -- some of the best baseball terms we've heard on the radio (plus a few extra), with what they sound like and what they really mean.
Can of corn
Example: "Ryan Braun sends one sky-high to right field -- it's a can of corn." Sounds like: A container filled with a non-perishable grain. Actually means: A pop fly that makes for an easy catch.
Duck on the pond
Example: "Joey Votto comes to the plate with ducks on the pond." Sounds like: Adorable bird creatures have inhabited a watery region of the field. Actually means: There's two or three players on base.
Example: "Harper smacks a frozen rope down the right field line." Sounds like: An extremely cold piece of twine. Actually means: A very hard-hit line drive.
Example: "Ramirez is still recovering from that abdominal strain but he was well enough to take some infield fungo today." Sounds like: A carnival game. Actually means: Usually refers to a fungo bat, which is a narrow, lightweight bat used by a coach to hit practice grounders or fly balls.
Example: "Betances sits down Howard who just earned the 'ol golden sombrero." Sounds like: A really special and expensive hat. Actually means: A player has struck out four times in a game.
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Hanging a snowman
Example: "The Red Sox have hung a snowman here in the second." Sounds like: The sad demise of a mysterious mound of snow that appeared during the spring or summer. Actually means: One team scored 8 runs in an inning, which has the shape of a snowman sketch.
Example: "Some high cheese from Syndergaard and that's strike three." Sounds like: aggressive flatulence. Actually means: a fastball thrown high in the zone.
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Example: "Nothing gets by Nolan Arenado at the hot corner, and no throw is too difficult." Sounds like: an uncomfortable, poorly-ventilated infield section. Actually means: third base.
Example: "Norris throws a meatball and it's going for a ride." Sounds like: A delicious ball of protein. Actually means: An easily-hittable pitch, usually a fastball right down the middle.
Example: "Davis taps a grounder right back to the mound for the easy out, and that'll drop him beneath the Mendoza line." Sounds like: A territory marker somewhere in the Southwestern United States. Actually means: A batting average of roughly .200, demarcated in honor of former Pirates catcher Mario Mendoza who batted .205 over five seasons in Pittsburgh and .215 over his 9-year career.
Example: "Andrus and Mazara come around to score and that's two more ribbies for Adrian Beltre." Sounds like: not quite baby but not yet adolescent frogs. Actually means: RBI or run(s) batted in, denoting when a player's hit (or sacrifice) allows another player to score.
Example: "Bumgarner is staring down Puig and we've got ourselves a little rhubarb developing." Sounds like: Love at first sight. Actually means: A fight, some discord, or general unpleasantness between players or teams.
Example: "Cabrera issues a sixth free pass and this is why his WHIP has hovered around 1.50." Sounds like: A braided leather fighting weapon. Actually means: A statistic reflecting the combination of the average number of walks and hits a pitcher allows per inning.
Example: "Crawford drove that fastball right back and it's a real worm burner, past a diving Seager." Sounds like: A device used to prepare fishing bait. Actually means: A hard-hit ground ball that travels along the field, threatening the existence of any worms.
Example: "Just a filthy yakker by Kershaw. Belt didn't stand a chance." Sounds like: I don't even know. Actually means: A really, really good curveball.