for the zero-conversion file

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 3 14:22:07 UTC 2010

At 6:53 AM -0700 11/3/10, geoffrey nunberg wrote:
>"He [Renteria] told Andres [Torres] he was going to hit one and he
>did it," outfielder Aaron Rowand said. "He Babe Ruth-ed it, I guess."

--a reference not to how deep or high the home run went (although
that's the usual sense of "a Ruthian blast") but to the fact (or at
least the "fact") that Babe Ruth called his shot in a World Series
game (in the 1930s) against the Cubs by pointing to the spot where he
would hit a ball (which, for the record, Renteria didn't do) and then
hitting it there.


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