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The art of the euphemism

Posted at 12:22 PM on May 3, 2006 by Ben Tesch

John Brattain cuts no corners deciphering various baseball clichés.

When they say: "This is not a save situation" what they mean is: "The game is on the line but they're holding back their best reliever in case they’ve got a three-run lead in the ninth."

When they say: "It’s not a level playing field" what they mean is: "We traded our best young talent for over the hill veterans, our general manager gutted our minor leagues for a 38-year-old 'proven closer', our fans are smart enough to see we haven't got a clue and stay away, and we're blaming the Yankees so folks won't realize we're incompetent."

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