Can of Corn: Favorite Baseball-ism

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Another season, another baseball link-up. This year P.J. and Kasey are hosting the Can of Corn link-up for baseball-loving bloggers and I’m stoked to join in.

Can of Corn: Baseball-isms {the ponytail diaries}

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!

Atta-babe!

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.

Also, this.

But if I had to pick a favorite baseball quote, I think I’d go with this one:

"It ain't over 'til it's over" -Yogi Berra

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.

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  • So glad you decided to join in with the challenge this year. Hopefully as the months go by, we’ll get some traction and get more people involved. Anyway, about your post…

    First, the baseballism you chose is a great one. I actually debated it, too. Good choice.

    Second… announcers.

    I love Jon Miller. Always have. But I’m not keen on some of the others the Giants have. But therein lies the reality of baseball announcers — your preference will always be shaded toward “your guys.” I actually like the Padres guys (though, to be fair, I haven’t heard them in a couple of years, so maybe they’ve changed?) and … in the NL West, there’s still nothing like Vin Scully. I’ll take him over anybody. And if I’m listening to Dodgers on the radio — I love Charley Steiner.

    Now … let’s come to the good coast. As a Phillies fan, I like the Phillies crew, though I’m sad some have been gone. They weren’t great (such as Gary Matthews), but they brought something interesting. Of course, I grew up with the soothing sound of Harry Kalas, the voice I still think is the best ever when it comes to baseball (biased!). But I do love hearing other teams and their crew. I actually like the Mets’ TV guys.

    Some of the ones over the years I always had a hard time with — Marlins radio (really bad a few years ago) was the worst though. The White Sox are major homers … but I can deal with it because I like it. The guys who do Seattle are good, too. The Yankees on TV aren’t too bad, but the radio duo is probably my least-favorite. I could go on for hours about how bad they are and why.

    Here’s a sneaky one though. And it’s short-season Single A. When I grew up, one of the voices for This Week in Baseball (TWIB!) was Warner Fusselle (if you’ve ever heard of him). His voice was perfect for baseball. I always liked it when he was on the show.

    Fast-forward a few years later and I am working for a newspaper in the shadows of Cooperstown. My summer beat was covering baseball — mainly a short-season Single-A team in the New York-Penn League, which I did for six years. The Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) came to town once every two years and who was their play-by-play guy? Warner Fusselle. When they came to town, I’d chat with him and sit in the radio booth, listen to him as I covered the game, and learn little things from him. Unfortunately, he died in 2012, but what an unbelievable voice he had and the knowledge of the game was amazing.

    I did a story on him one time when he was in town and he was so old school that he asked me to send him an actual copy of the paper. Very cool stuff.

    • I think that’s the longest comment I’ve ever gotten on here.

      Okay, I’ll admit that Krukow in particular can be an acquired taste. But I would still argue that Kuiper is one of the better play-by-play announcers in the game. And of course, Vin Scully is just in another world (and probably the classiest member of the Dodger organization). Although I’ll never forget the text I received from my brother a few years back when he was driving through LA during a Dodgers/Giants game:

      “So far I’ve learned that ‘on deck’ and ‘in the hole’ come from old nautical terms. No idea what’s happening in the game. Oh Vin.”

      I’m actually being okay with broadcasters being homers when it comes to showing more excitement for “your” team’s big plays, but I can’t stand it when broadcasters aren’t informed about the other team’s players or blatantly gloss over their team’s shortcomings. That does a disservice to your listeners.

      And speaking of voices, I always loved Lon Simmons’ rich, rumbling baritone. He still did radio for the Giants sporadically when I was growing up and for those games, we’d mute the TV and listen to the radio instead.

      • What can I say? I love baseball and there are certain aspects of the game I get very passionate about!

        I think all announcers for teams are acquired tastes. Scratch that. Color commentators are acquired because all need to have some level of “homerism.” As Vin has aged, it’s gotten a little harder with some of the things he talks about. But there’s still something about him, especially being he’s the last of the golden years of announcers.

        And while I agree about broadcasters being informed of other teams, sometimes they are but they don’t show it. Broadcasters are paid by their teams, and therefore are not going to blatantly show off shortcomings. They’ll be mentioned, but they do it in their own way. Not all follow that “rule” per say (some of the Phillies guys will tell it like it is; the Mets guys don’t hold any punches, either), but that’s where it’s hard to listen to other announcers. Whenever I watch MLB TV, I always select the Phils’ announcers because it’s who I want to hear. No matter if I like Vin, or Jon Miller, or somebody else … if the Phillies are playing, I choose that feed.

        And there are some bad ones out there, that’s for sure. But there are some really good ones, too!

  • hey remember that time I co-hosted a link-up and didn’t comment on your killer post? yeah. me either. also. I love the comeback “that’s okay, it’s a smart person’s sport”

    I love LOVE that it’s not over until it’s over (and it has nothing to do with the Braves being on pace to go 0-162 this year….) because it was always a question we’d get “what time do the fireworks start?” it’s always how you knew if someone had any grasp on baseball before they came out to the ballpark…

    • As much as I love AT&T, it’s definitely become more of a place to be “seen” than other ballparks. My brother was at Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012, and he said there was a girl behind him who had no idea what was going on. The people she was with were trying to explain it to her (without saying “perfect game” of course) and she was like “so, that’s a good thing?” Sigh…

      • oh, bless her heart.

      • OK, thanks for the thought process for this one. I need to post something about my perfect game experience. Unfortunately, it won’t be for “best baseball memory” in this challenge, but still…