Fun Fact July 7, 2021.

Today’s Fun Fact comes out of left field, but where did that idiom come from?  Well, that depends on who you choose to believe.  The oblivious answer is that it is related to the game of baseball and a successful play being made by the left fielder throwing to home plate or first base, a play you may not see very often. Since the ball would be coming from behind the runner, it would catch them by surprise.  The exact origin is not known, but some reference the idiom first being used in the mid 1950’s.  Something coming from left field is not the same as being out in left field.  Out of left field is something that catches you off guard or surprises you.  If you, someone you know or something else, is out in left field,  it means it’s an eccentric, odd, misguided or peculiar statement or act.  So I guess, something that comes out of left field may come from someone who is out in left field. 

Talkin’ Umpiring With Scott Snapp

In this edition of the SDPC, we talk about the challenges of being an umpire with Scott Snapp, who on the weekends is an umpire for various youth league baseball tournaments. Scott talks about dealing with the “umpires in the stands,” the training involved in becoming an umpire, and some oddities that arise during a game that require a deep knowledge of the rule book…

A Summer Tradition Returns

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Greetings From The Booth!

With the Spring sports season completed at Shenandoah University, all is quiet in the Booth, except for some housecleaning. This week, Baseball’s Colby Martin was named All-America by, the 13th student-athlete in Hornet history to be so honored. Martin, who hit .482

Fun Fact June 2, 2021.

Do you have all your bases covered? Most likely an uniquely American idiom, coming from the world of baseball.  In the game, it’s up to the players on the field to make sure all the bases are being watched so the other team doesn’t try to steal.  In general it means to be cautious and cover all possibilities in a given situation, plan or endeavor. To be aware of all consequences and be prepared for them as best as possible.  The earliest reference occurs in the 1950’s but didn’t become widespread until the 1960’s.  Here’s hoping you have all your bases covered.  Thanks to Lisa who suggested this via text direct and connect.