ESL students can get confused quite easily when watching their favorite baseball team in action. This guide assists students with funny and interesting real-life examples for some of the most common terms used. You will feel much more confident the next time you are watching your favorite MBL team on TV.
1. Batters up!- This is a fun phrase. The umpire will say this in the very beginning of the game. This is right after the pitcher is done practicing.
Example: John was very tired. The umpire yelled three times, “Batters up!” He finally came up to hit.
2. Struck out the side- This is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters in the inning.
Example: John was the third person to strike out in the fifth inning. The pitcher struck out the side.
3. One-hopper- This is when a player throws the ball to another player on one bounce, or one hop.
Example: Everybody laughed at John. He was very close to the pitcher. He still threw him a one-hopper
4. South-paw- This is the phrase for a person that throws with their left hand.
Example: John is a little bit weird. I am not surprised he is a south-paw.
5. Hot corner- We use this for third base. This is because the ball is normally hit very hard.
Example: John can’t play the hot corner. He sometimes doesn’t pay attention. The coach is scared he will get injured.
6. Knock it out of the park– This means to hit a home run.
Example: John was so happy last night. The team was losing 4-3. And, he knocked it out of the park.
The team won the game.
7. Knocked the cover of the ball- This is an expression when somebody hits the ball very hard and fast.
Example: John was so scared. He was the pitcher. He thought the batter actually knocked the cover of the ball it came back so fast.
8. Bean-ball– This is when the pitcher hits the player on the other team on purpose.
Example: John was very angry last night. He threw a bean-ball in the 8th inning. He is lucky there was no fight.
9. Ropes it down the line- This is when a player hits the ball very hard to either the left side (3rd base), or the right side. (1st base)
Example: John is doing really well this season. He always ropes it down the line.
10. Throwing the junk ball– This is when a pitcher throws a pitch that moves a lot in one direction.
Example: John is throwing the junk ball a lot tonight. The other team is having a hard time.
What is your favorite phrase in baseball? How many of these were new for you?