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Postby Yikes » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:39 pm

I hear this phrase being used quite often in the context of sports.

What does this phrase mean and what 'horn' is this phrase referring to?

I bet I'm not the only one that has wondered about this...
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Postby Rico The Retard » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:45 pm

all i know is that its a sports show on ESPN and that it also means to throw the ball around the infield when you strike someone out
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Postby Urge » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:49 pm

Horn - to inhale cocaine; crack pipe

Puff, puff, pass around the horn. :*)
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Postby Andy1234 » Tue Jul 20, 2004 2:04 pm

Rico The Retard wrote:all i know is that its a sports show on ESPN and that it also means to throw the ball around the infield when you strike someone out
Yeah throw it around the infield is probably the context you heard it in.
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Postby Rkiivs » Tue Jul 20, 2004 3:00 pm

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1. around the horn (adj)
(of a double play) beginning with the third baseman, who throws to the second base, who throws to first.

2. around the horn (adj)
(of a ball) thrown from third to second to first base or vice versa, usually after an infield out is made.
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Postby Yikes » Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:40 pm

Interesting. Hmm, now why is the infield referred to as the 'horn'?

Does anybody know?
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How come people don't just say things like: "Pujols is running around the horn towards home plate..." when the horn refers to the bases?
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Postby Tavish » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:13 pm

Its a double play that goes 3B to 2B to 1B. It's like alot of baseball phrases that come from nautical terms (on deck, in the hold, submarine pitcher). Around the horn was how sailors got from the Pacific to the Atlantic before the Panama Canal. ;-D
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Postby wrveres » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:45 pm

you guys never tossed the ball "Around the Horn" when you were in Little League.

we used to call it Around the Horn after every strikeout ... ;-D
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Postby Rkiivs » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:53 pm

Tavish wrote:It's like alot of baseball phrases that come from nautical terms (on deck, in the hold, submarine pitcher)...


Hmmm...which reminds me never to name my kid Deck.

player1: Who's on deck?

player2: I am.

player1: Well, get off him you homo, it's your turn to bat!
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Postby Yikes » Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:18 pm

Tavish wrote:Its a double play that goes 3B to 2B to 1B. It's like alot of baseball phrases that come from nautical terms (on deck, in the hold, submarine pitcher). Around the horn was how sailors got from the Pacific to the Atlantic before the Panama Canal. ;-D


Nice, thanks Tavish. So why were so many nautical terms used to describe the actions on the baseball diamond? Were a lot of the earlier baseball players ex-sailors?
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