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Foodie Baseball Terms

Baseball has always had a language of its own. Here are some food related terms to know:

butcher boy: A strategy where the hitter first shows he intends to bunt, pulls back the bat when the pitcher begins the delivery, and takes a quick swing at the pitch.

can of corn: A high, easy-to-catch, fly ball hit to the outfield. The phrase is said to have originated in the nineteenth-century and relates to an old-time grocer's method of getting canned goods down from a high shelf.

cup of coffee: A short time spent by a minor league player at the major league level. The idea is that the player was only there long enough to have a cup of coffee.

meatball: An easy pitch to hit down the middle of the plate.

pea: A pitched ball thrown at high speed. "Clem can really fling that pea."

ribbie, ribeye: Slang for a run batted in (RBI).

tater: A home run.
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