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- The ball … came floating up to the plate like a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream bobbing to the top of a drugstore soda —Howard Frank Mosher
- A ballpark at night is more like a church than a church —W. P. Kinsella
Kinsella’s novels are small treasure troves of baseball-related similes.
- The ball … sailed through the light and up into the dark, like a white star seeking an old constellation —Bernard Malamud
- The ball was coming in like a Lear jet —T. Glen Coughlin
- Baseball games are like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two are ever alike —W. P. Kinsella
- Baseball is like writing. You can never tell with either how it will go —Marianne Moore
Baseball, like writing, was a Marianne Moore passion.
- Boston hit Dwight Gooden like they were his wicked stepparents —Vin Scully, commenting on the second game of the 1986 World Series
- The catcher is padded like an armchair —London Times, 1918
- Defeat stains a pitcher’s record as cabernet stains a white carpet —Marty Noble, Newsday, August 25, 1986
- The dirt flew as if some great storm had descended and would have ripped up the entire [baseball] field —Craig Wolff, New York Times, August 3, 1986
- Dwight Gooden [of New York Mets] pitching without his fastball was like Nureyev dancing on a broken leg or Pavarotti singing with a sore throat —Anon item, Newsday, October 25, 1986
- The earth around the base is … soft as piecrust. Ground balls will die on the second bounce, as if they’ve been hit into an anthill —W. P. Kinsella
- [Baseball] field … cool as a mine, soft as moss, lying there like a cashmere blanket —W. P. Kinsella
- He bats like a lightning rod —W. P. Kinsella
- He gets power from his bat speed … it’s like he has cork in his arms —Pete Rose about Eric Davis, David Anderson column New York Times, May 7, 1987
- He ran the bases as if he was hauling William H. Taft in a rickshaw —Heywood Broun
- [Dwight Gooden] his fastball crackling, his curveball dropping as suddenly as a duck shot in the air, has begun his charge for a third straight award-winning season —Ira Berkow, New York Times/Sports of the Times, August 3, 1986
- Homers are like orgasms. You run out of them after a time —Norman Keifetz
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- It [the patched-up Shea Stadium field] was dangerous underfoot as the Mets and the Cubs tiptoed their way though a 5-0 Met victory the way soldiers would patrol a mine field —George Vecsey, New York Times/Sports of the Times, September 19, 1986
The ball players had to navigate their way through the field like soldiers because their fans had behaved so destructively the day before.
- Knowing all about baseball is just about as profitable as being a good whittler —Frank McKinney
- Outfielders ran together as if directed by poltergeists —George Vecsey, New York Times/Sports of the Times column on dreadful things that happen to the Mets when they play against the Houston outfielders, October 8, 1986
- Someone once described the pitching of a no-hit game as like catching lightning in a bottle (How about catching lightning in a bottle on two consecutive starts?) —W. P. Kinsella
- Sometimes I hit him like I used to hit Koufax, and that’s like drinking coffee with a fork. Did you ever try that? —Willie Stargell on Steve Carlton, Baseball Illustrated, 1975
- Stepping up to the plate now like the Iron Man himself. The wind-up, the delivery, the ball hanging there like a pinata, like a birthday gift, and then the stick flashes in your hands like an archangel’s sword —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim —John Cheever
- Trying to sneak a pitch past him is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster —Amos Otis, baseball outfielder, about Rod Carew, former first baseman
- Twenty years ago rooting for the Yankees was like rooting for IBM —George F. Will, on the Chicago Cubs, Washington Post, March 20, 1974
|Noun||1.||baseball - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"|
hit - (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball); "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
bobble - the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball; "the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"
misplay, error - (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
fastball, heater, hummer, bullet, smoke - (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity; "he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
fielding - (baseball) handling the ball while playing in the field
catching - (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team
pitching - (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
base on balls, pass, walk - (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
fair ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
foul ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
bunt - (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
blast - a very long fly ball
out - (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball; "you only get 3 outs per inning"
force out, force play, force-out, force - a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base; "the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
putout - an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout); "the first baseman made 15 putouts"
strikeout - an out resulting from the batter getting three strikes
sacrifice - (baseball) an out that advances the base runners
base hit, safety - (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
line drive, liner - (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter; "the batter hit a liner to the shortstop"
shoestring catch - (baseball) a running catch made near the ground
tag - (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)
flare - (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
Texas leaguer - (baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder
at-bat, bat - (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit; "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got four hits in four at-bats"
ball - the game of baseball
professional baseball - playing baseball for money
hardball - baseball as distinguished from softball
perfect game - a game in which a pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base
softball game, softball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
rounders - an English ball game similar to baseball
stickball, stickball game - a form of baseball played in the streets with a rubber ball and broomstick handle
assist - (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play
baseball play - (baseball) a play executed by a baseball team
|2.||baseball - a ball used in playing baseball |
ball - round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; "the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw out the first ball"; "the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
baseball equipment - equipment used in playing baseball
baseball player N → jugador(a) m/f de béisbol