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Baseball Slang… We Swing the Big Stick

“Souvenir City”, “Warning Track Power”, “The Long Ball”, “Ducks on the Pond”, “Fence Buster”, “Glass Arm”, “Mendoza Line”, “Worm Burner”…

I really enjoy slang; and the driving factor in this comment is because slang terms are easier to remember in my very minute vocabulary (Let’s put it this way, I am not an English major by any means). In fact as of right now, I am dubbing Slang as the official language of The Kings Of Cork.

For instance, the term “Home Run” has MANY slang terms. The long ball, jack, dinger, souvenir, just to name a few of my favorites.

What I would like to do here is introduce a few slang terms that others have coined here to help them catch on, as well as bring up a few I have thought of and you guys can help spread the word (or comment on them in the comments section about how uncreative I am).

Some of these are more fantasy baseball relevant but most can be used in the every morning baseball box score chat with the guy in the cubicle next to you.

The Golden Sombrero – I’m sure most of you have heard this baseball term before (it has nothing to do with how many churros Prince Fielder can eat before the 3rd inning, although I bet it’s about 34). This feat is typical for ball players like Mark Reynolds, Ryan Howard, Bobby Bonds and Jose Hernandez (showing my Brewer bias right there). So what is it you ask, the crowning of a golden sombrero happens when a single player records 4 strikeouts in a single game. These are more common than you may think. In fact, there has been a golden sombrero in 4 straight days. Jose Guillen recorded one vs the Rangers last night, May 24. Ryan Ludwick recorded one in a 10 inning game vs the Angels on May 23. The night before him Aramis Ramirez, who has been awful, wore the crown in a 10 inning game vs the Rangers. And the night before him, Will Venable got the most shameful kind, a sombrero in a 9 inning game vs the Mariners. The list continues. Other versions of this feat are the platinum sombrero and the titanium sombrero, which are 5 k’s and 6 k’s by a single player in a single game respectively. The titanium sombrero is not a common accomplishment. It’s never been done in a standard 9 inning game, but in extra innings it has been done 8 times. Most recently by him Geoff Jenkins on June 8, 2004 (yes another great Milwaukee Brewer).

Gilbert Brown BurgerThe next item was coined by TMR (Talented Mr Roto) aka Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz on the Fantasy Focus podcast. They call it: The Combo Meal. This term is geared more towards fantasy baseball. It’s the achievement of scoring a Run, an RBI, a Home Run, and a Stolen Base all in a single game. Really, it’s as simple as hitting a home run and stealing a base in the same game (since a player would acquire at minimum a run and an RBI on the home run itself). This is one of my new favorite slang terms. What is a combo meal at any restaurant? You get multiple items at a discounted price if you purchased them all separately. Well this accomplishment is the same definition in fantasy baseball. Typically a team has to pay for home runs in one power player and pay for stolen bases in another speedier player. But with a combo meal, the fantasy owner reaps the rewards of a 5 category player. The most recent combo meal was achieved by Alex Rios on May 24. The only question now… Would you like to supersize that?

These next few terms are just a few of my ideas of what stats could be used for slang terms:
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Breaking News: New Website Look

This just in… the website has a new look and feel. Now that the website has been updated, get ready for more and new baseball related posts.

New and Improved

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“Rojo” Johnson Makes His Minor League Debut vs the AAA Brewers

Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson, a Texas native raised in Venezuela, has made a name for himself already. Recently having his prison sentence commuted, he has learned his lesson of smuggling illegal reptiles into the US. Now, he has righted his ship and has been given a second chance (here is a video of his early career) from a baseball organization that also needs a second chance… The Houston Astros. He got his first look at the major league level (well, AAA level) on Thursday May 6th vs the Brewers AAA Affiliate, The Nashville Sounds (what an awful team name… Fear Us!! For we are the Sounds!!).

So how did he perform? You be the judge of it:

That’s right. One pitch to the tune of High Chin Music and he’s outta here…
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Derby Update: Month 1 In Review

The following is a public service announcement after you get done rolling down a hill for a wheel of cheese.

After a month of ball, everyone still has a legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame (yes, even you Bombers). And after a fast start, a lot of the leaders after the first 2 weeks have cooled off. Holliday stopped protecting Albert in the line-up leading to an incline in both of their AB per HR. Nelson Cruz hit the DL but is still the leader in the ‘C’ class. The Prince of Power (or Veggies) has finally started making contact with the ball. And Andre Ethier has turned into a fence buster the past week leading a charge of teams up the home run derby leader board.

So let’s recap month one (plus 4 extra days) of the HR derby league:

The league leader is In Kirk Ferentz We Trust with 27HR… that just hurts to say/type/read being a Badger fan. He just has an all around steady team with all his players being about the middle of the pack for all the categories. And now that Ethier decided to hit 4 hr in 3 games, he’s building a cushion.


Second place is The Ball Busters with 24HR… she is one of the few women in the league and she picked the hot starters. Even with the Prince only knocking in 3 HR in the first month and having the Cruz missile on the DL, she is still in second thanks to (once again) Andre Ethier.

Third place is Team Davis (original name) who is leading the tie breaker with 3 other teams at 23HR. Among them is the noteworthy Kemp for MVP who was the only team to write in Kemp for Group D and Kemp was tearing it up. Team Davis has the “off to a fast start but now has a hole in his bat” Matt Holliday as well as DL man crush Nelson Cruz, but somehow he is managing to stay out in front of the pack of wolves behind him… Thanks King Albert.

But there is also a pack of nine all tied at 21HR just trailing 2nd and 3rd.

One other team to note is the Denver Donkeys, who is the only team riding the Mark Reynolds train (he is the HR leader in group A). That train has left the station and the Denver Donkeys may have the only ticket to the top prize.

The rest of the standings are at this link.