First, a story.
Last weekend, at Spring Training, my friends and I (plus my husband, who kept it from being a girls’ weekend) went to this Lagunitas Couch Tripping event basically because there was unlimited free Lagunitas. We got to talking to some random guys at some point and told one of them we were here for Spring Training.
He told us he didn’t really like baseball that much.
“That’s okay, it’s really a smart person’s sport,” my friend said.
He insisted that he knew that and he kinda wanted to sorta like it but it was just “so boring.”
“Yeah, to people who don’t get it,” I said. “There’s so much going on between every pitch but you don’t see it unless you understand the game.”
He said the TV broadcasts were boring.
I laughed. “Well, Giants fans are spoiled because our broadcasting team is probably the best in the business.”
Actually, since I was a few drinks in, I might not have said “probably.” I can’t make a definitive statement, having not spent much time listening to other team’s broadcasts (thank God MLB.TV lets me pick the home or away feed to watch), but I can tell you the Padres broadcasters are terrible and the last time I watched the Rockies’ feed, it was like listening to two drunk frat guys call the game.
Instead, Giants fans get to listen to Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow, and Duane Kuiper and it. is. good. Yes, I’m biased, but seriously, these guys know the game, they love the game, they know the players (both for the Giants and opposing teams), and they’re excellent at mixing stories and anecdotes into the play-by-play without missing a beat. With them, I don’t just hear what’s going on in this specific game, I learn more about baseball overall.
All this to say, when I read the first Can of Corn prompt (“your favorite baseballism”), I immediately thought of what we call “Krukowisms.”
Grrrrab some pine, meat.
Just another HA-ha-ha-ha laugher!
That’s an ugly finder right there.
He got a wild hair up his nose.
Ownage is ownage.
And Posey will be in the squaaaaat puttin’ down signs.
He basically has his own baseball language and it’s ridiculous and delightful.
But if I had to pick a favorite baseball quote, I think I’d go with this one:
I love it because in other sports with a clock — football, basketball, soccer, hockey — you can reach a point where the game isn’t technically over, but the gap in the score is too much for the losing team to overcome in the time that’s left. Not even Steph Curry can score 20 points in 40 seconds (well, maybe…). No matter how good your quarterback is, if you’re down by 15 points with 30 seconds left, sorry, you lost.
But in baseball? You can be down 10 runs when there’s two outs in the ninth, and there’s a still a chance. An infinitesimally small chance, but a chance. It ain’t over until that final out is recorded. I love that.