"From the Front Row"
baseball hasn't changed much since since the
Tigers' equipment washed away forty years ago.
Wood bats turned to aluminum, then back to wood.
Pants are shorter, longer and anywhere in between.
Catcher's gear has gone modern. And friendly
ribbing of both the locals and the guests is
still welcomed, as long as it remains tasteful.
Here are some examples of modern-day ballpark
banter. You can practice them at home!
a pitcher has thrown a lot of pitches and is
really struggling he is said to be "cooked." It
is not uncommon for the friendly banter to include "stick
a fork in him."
is a very difficult job, so it is best to leave
them out of the discussion. However, it is OK
if the ribbing is clever enough. "Kick the
dog, Blue" might be used after a bad call
leaves not only the umpire looking site-impaired,
but his seeing-eye dog, too.
someone of large stature takes a wild swing and
misses the ball, someone might suggest to "watch
out for flying buttons."
there is someone who is vertically challenged
occupying a postition, it is not uncommon to
hear someone inquire - "who set the hat
out at second base?"