Baseball lingo in M. Lewis' _Money Ball_; #3: "smoke"; reduplication; "jack"

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Nov 27 18:23:41 UTC 2003

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pp.5-6-- for "smoke" (someone) = surpass easily, leave in the dust, "dust" someone---'Just for starters, he doesn't believe that Billy Beane outran Cecil Espy and Darnell Coles, fair and square. Nor does he believe the time on his stopwatch.  It reads 6.4 seconds--you'd expect that from a sprinter, not a big kid like this one.
   'Not quite understanding why they are being asked to do it, the [p.6] boys walk back to the starting line, and run their race all over again.  Nothing important changes. "Billy just flat-out smoked 'em all," says Paul Weaver.'

p. 10--for reduplication--"premium premium"--'"There are good guys and there are premium guys," says Jongewaard. "And Billy [Beane] was a premium premium guy.  He had the size, the speed, the arm, the whole package.  He could play other sports. He was a true athlete.  And then, on top of all that, he had good grades in school and he was going with all the prettiest girls.  He had charm.  He could have been anything."'

p. 36--for "jack" (= homerun)--'"in the past two years: 390 at bats;; 98 walks; 38 Ks.  Those numbers are better than _anyone's_ in minor league baseball.  Oh year, 21 jacks." Jacks are home runs.  So are dongs, bombs, and big flies.  Baseball people express their fondness for a thing by thinking up lots of different ways to say it."'

Gerald Cohen

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