GENERAL SPORTS AND BASEBALL REFERENCES
To Play Ball (with) To cooperate with, deal with
Out of the Ball Park In baseball, a "home run" -- but also meaning
"irrelevant," "impossible to deal with"
Ball park figures Within acceptable limits, rough estimate
Out of our league Better than us
Not in our league Inferior to us
Major, big leagues Highest level of "professionalism"
"Bush" league Cheap, lower-than-acceptable
professionalism or ethics
Jock Originally from 'jock strap', made by the Jockey
sportswear company; colloquial for "athlete",
stereotype of "not intellectual", jock mentality
Batting 1000 Doing perfectly, successful at every
stage, in every way.
To Score General: to achieve, to impress someone (I
really scored with her). Sexual: to make a
sexual conquest, to consummate a sexual
relationship (Did you score?;
Getting to 1st base Baseball. Getting started, being encouraged,
usually as in a relationship (I didn't even get
to 1st base!)
It's a new ball game A new chance, a fresh slate; a situation in which
we start again "from scratch"
Playing hard ball Playing with no rules, no holds barred; tough
negotiations; no prentense of politeness.
Beanball, "duster" To "dust one off" -- intimidate, throw a baseball
at or near one's head as a warning or as
"Left field" (Way out in left field, all the way from left
field, etc) Implies remote position or distance
from the mainstream, not being a part of the core
Touch base with Check with, keep in touch with people, keep them
posted on a situation.
To strike out To fail (baseball)
Time out A breather, time to pause and rest from what one
is doing, reconsider.
Locker room (talk) male privacy, familiarity; frank sexual talk, not
for "mixed company"
7th inning stretch Pause near end of an activity, to refresh,
reflect on encounter, etc.
Throw a curve To deceive, trick, tactically confuse
2 strikes against him Down to his last option, no "second chance", odds
loaded against success
He struck out He failed
He has "clout" Power, influence, leverage
Squeeze play (baseball) "Sneaking" something through with a minor action
where a major action might normally have been
To field questions (baseball) Handling questions with dexterity,
counter to "sidestepping the issue"
Doubleheader Two main parts or features to an event
Double play Two "victories" with the same action