Baseball Terminology 101: ‘When are they gonna bang this game?’

Waiting out a rain delay in spring training.

TAMPA, Fla. — Here’s the first installment of a series we’ll call “Baseball Terminology: 101.” It’s a list of (mostly) familiar words used in a unique context that I had never heard until I started frequenting clubhouses.

Our first entry is both timely and appropriate, considering that I’m writing this blog from the press box at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where scheduled first pitch came and went like 40 minutes ago. Fucking rain.

bang v. 1. to cancel or postpone a scheduled baseball game due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstance.

Proper use in a sentence: “We’ve got a day game in Viera tomorrow and we’ve got to be on the road by 7 a.m. For the love of God, can’t they just bang this goddamn game?”


Let me beat you to it:

Whether it’s a deep breath or a quick breather — a long post or two paragraphs of silliness — I’ll be blogging at least once a day. At least that’s the plan.

OK, that was three weeks ago. I clearly haven’t lived up to this promise. Work’s been busy. But I miss this blog. So from here on out, it’s on. Deal?

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Filed under Baseball, On the beat

7 responses to “Baseball Terminology 101: ‘When are they gonna bang this game?’

  1. Mac McDonald

    Shit, I thought I was taken off this blog I hadn’t heard from you in so long. But the way I figure it a little Carig is better than none. So whatever morsels you want to toss to us scurvy mortals, we’ll take it! Keep on blogging sir.

  2. Good, long-term blogging by one person simply for the love of it is rarely a daily task. Trust me, I know.

  3. SF

    For your next entry, I’d like a proper definition of the term “hot dogs.”

  4. court

    don’t promise. just deliver the goods when you deliver the goods.

  5. Art of 51

    I like the terms “oppo”, “bush league” and “back- door”. These are often used on the softball field, do you hear them during a MLB game?

  6. Pingback: Baseball Terminology 101: ‘Hey man, why do you have The Ass?’ « Marc Carig | Off The Record

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