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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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