“A Bloop And A Blast”

 @DimTillard pic 14

by @DimTillard

  • Minor League Baseball, much like other professions, has it’s own language of sorts.  Words and terminology that wouldn’t appear in a dictionary. (at least not a credible dictionary)
  • Most of the phrases and speech are made up.  And new equally unique chatter is created every game.
  • Warning: inventive, and inappropriate vocabulary will NOT appear in this PG-13 blog.

“slap-johnson”: (adj)  This term describes a powerless hitter who seemingly takes a wet newspaper with him to the plate.

“feet”: (noun)  This term is used similarly to “heads up!”.  However, not every ball that could hit and hurt someone comes from the air.

“hum naw keed”: (verb?)  This is a phrase yelled from the dugout, to a player on the field.  This jabber or babble is not only to encourage a player, but to create better dugout moral.

“ambush”: (prep)  This term is yelled at a teammate stepping into the batters box.  It encourages hitters to take a massive swing at the first pitch he sees.  Must be screamed loud enough for the pitcher to hear.

“Chest Overknee”: (prop. noun)  This former player is the uncredited inventor of the on ground stretch that improves mobility in the gluteus maximus. (da butt)

ducatsor “duck-etts”: (noun)  This term is used when talking about a Big Leaguers paycheck.  Refers directly to currency.  EX: “He don’t care about striking out, he’s makin’ ducats!”

“clank-clank-clank”: (prep)  This phrase is uttered by many, when a player botches (or fails) to catch an easy throw or field an easy grounder.

“tired-act”: (adj)  This term describes a players’ all-around brutal appearance and performance. (characteristics: not hustling, too much flare, pompous strut) EX: “This guy’s got a tired-act.”

“linea” or “leen-ya”: (adj)  This is a Spanish term that only Americans use.  It means line, cable, or cord.  It’s used to describe an extremely hard hit line drive.

“gum-bomb”: (adv?)  This term is spoken when spitting out a large juicy piece of bubble gum.  The intent is for an unsuspecting teammate or opponent to step directly on it, thus bombing their spikes with gum. (wear it)

“skillets”: (adj)  This term describes a player who appears to have a hard time playing catch.  It implies that instead of a glove, he is using a smooth, flat kitchen frying-pan.

“concrete jungle”: (noun)  This refers to many things.  In baseball, it refers to an infield that is in desperate need of water. (good for hitters) (bad for pitchers)

“get there”: (prep?)  This plea can be heard from an older player who tries to throw a baseball further than his arm will let him.

“show-bag”: (noun)  This implies that a Minor Leaguers backpack or Latin satchel resembles gear that would normally be seen in the The Major Leagues or… show.  Show- can be a prefix for almost anything.  EX: show-pants, show-bats, show-shoes, show-tar, show-tape, show-watch, show-hair, show-gloves, show-blog?

“Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.”

*14 of 16*

6 thoughts on ““A Bloop And A Blast”

  1. Tim, I’m enjoying your blogging. A neighbor’s 7 year old Little Leaguer just reminded me of a question I always wanted to ask a professional baseball player. He informed me that he wants to be a ballplayer when he grows up because “they get to spit all the time and nobody yells at them when they spit.” He’s got the spitting down pretty good, but his mother objects.
    So, just a suggestion – can you enlighten us as why baseball players spit so darn much? I can understand why they did so when everyone chewed tobacco (home plate and the pitcher’s mound must have been pretty disgusting by the end of the game) but it looks like gum and sunflower seeds are more popular now. Is it tradition, nervousness, or what? It seems like the average player produces at least 5 gallons of spit per game. I take it the spitting is confined to the field and dugout and guys aren’t hocking up in church, restaurants, or at grandma’s house.


    • First thank you for enjoying my blog. And thanks for giving a great idea to write about. You are completely right. Ballplayers spit gallons. I will investigate, and do my best to share interesting results.


  2. I’m wondering if you’ve also heard “get there” used in reference to a pleading coach hoping that the runner will somehow run fast enough to beat the throw to 1st? Maybe I’m the only one who’s done that…

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