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Baseball hits

Baseball provides us with many popular expressions. Do you know what they mean in everyday usage, and what they mean in the sport?

1. southpaw

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2. to be in there pitching

3. to touch all the bases

4. right off the bat

5. in the ballpark

6. to take a swing at

ANSWERS

(1) A left-handed person. In many ballparks, the pitcher faces west, so the throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher is on the south side; (2) To still be active and vocal, from a pitcher who is still throwing the ball well in a game; (3) To take every precaution or receive every necessary approval, from touching all the bases after hitting a home run; (4) Suddenly or abruptly, as in the way a baseball rebounds off the bat when it is hit; (5) A rough estimate or 'guesstimate'; also called a 'ballpark figure.' It refers to a number that is fairly close - to within the confines of a ballpark. (6) To give something a try, from a batter swinging his bat at a pitched ball.


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