Striking Out When Talking Baseball? 5 Terms to Toss Out and Sound Like a Pro (Even When You’re Not)

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Ask this Baseball Fan to Reveal . . . · 4 �Must Know� FACTS ABOUT THE LINEUP · 8 Basic Hand Signals Every Fan Should Know · 3 AREAS STATISTICS are KEPT · 5 �Batting Terms� to Toss Out During the Game · 4 Types of PITCHES and PITCHING SIGNALS · 6 Coaches Every Team Has � and what they do · 4 Fun FACTS ABOUT BASEBALL

An estimated 145 million Americans are baseball fans. That means that lots of people will spend a great deal of time hanging at the ballpark, watching their children play little league or being swept into baseball-related conversations over the water cooler at work. If your understanding of the game is minor league, these conversations can leave you in fear of striking out. Discover how to hold your own when fans start tossing around “foreign” terms like “bunt” (hint: they aren’t talking about a cake!) and find a few phrases you can toss out to sound like a pro. “Understanding the ‘jock jargon’ used in baseball can greatly increase the enjoyment of the game for casual fans,” says Michelle Mink, author of See Sport Run: Spectator’s Guide to Baseball.

Mink wrote See Sport Run to help casual fans and parents “fill in the blanks” in their baseball knowledge. A small paperback, the book fits easily into a purse or backpack and contains easy-to-understand explanations about field layout, teams, officials, coaches, players, rules, strategies and other basics of the game.

To help you look like a pro when talking baseball, Mink shares five terms you can toss out that will make everyone think you are a major league fan:


Boys of Summer – a nickname for baseball players.


Bigs – Slang for the major league playing level. When a player or coach is promoted from a farm team to the major league club you can say, “He’s going to the Bigs.”


Chin Music – Slang for a pitch thrown high and inside near the batter’s face. Also called a bowtie. For example, “That chin music should stop the batter from crowding the plate.”


Heat – Slang for a good fastball. For example, “The batter can’t handle his heat today.”


Hot Corner – Slang for third base. For example, “What a catch by the third baseman! That’s why they put him on the hot corner!” Armed with your knowledge of insider lingo you are all set to hold your own this baseball season. Step up to the plate!

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Michelle Mink

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(303) 765-2248

See Sport Run: Spectator’s Guide to Baseball; Sports Education Enterprises, Inc.; 2003; ISBN: 1-932491-00-7; $12.95

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