Baseball's Spectacular Vernacular
More than any other sport, baseball seems to have its own language. Terms like can-of-corn, the Mendoza line or Golden Sombrero populate common, everyday stadium chatter as if they're not ridiculously confusing ways to describe on-field action.
At some point, we all hear these terms or phrases for the first time, and shortly after that point, we think to ourselves, "what the heck does that mean?" If we're brave enough, we swallow our pride and ask. Someone will give an answer, and inevitably the next question is asked: "why the heck do they call it that?"
That's where Hardball Mysteries comes in.
Throughout the course of the summer, we're not only going to define some of the wackier terms out there in the baseball world, we're going to figure out why they even came about. Why is it called a Texas Leaguer? Where does the term eephus pitch come from? Why is Chewbacca throwing out the first pitch with Princess Leia cheering him on in the picture at the top of this post?
Okay, I can't answer that last one, but you get the idea. So, check back every week to see a new baseball term defined and explained so that you'll never have to hear the words, "how did you not know that?" while at the ballpark.
Unless, you thought the game was five innings instead of nine. Then, you deserve to hear "how did you not know that?"