Baseball uses a special lexicon that many newcomers may not know. As a public service, Reality Check provides you with accurate definitions for selected baseball terms.
Around the Horn: NESN strategy to use Disarcina, Eckersley, and Rice for commentary, dropping Sam Horn from the lineup
Aspirin: What NL managers require for Interleague Play
Back Through the Box: Where many fans want to go when listening to Tim McCarver or Joe Morgan commentary
Bad ball hitter: Pitches in the dirt, see also protective gear, Carlton Fisk
Base: (see battery)
Battery: part of what Wes Gardner was and Brett Myers is.
Beanball: Strategy employed by A's GM Billy Beane
Bleachers: Everything not a Box Seat at Fenway
Box Seat: everything not a bleacher seat, frequently previously a 'grandstand' or lower-priced seat.
Bullpen: off field site for growing tomatoes
Can't Miss: see soft-tossing lefthanders, as in hitters 'can't miss' their pitches
Caught looking: ballplayers syping on attractive female fans; see baseball classic Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Choke Hitter: Yankee fan term of endearment for Alex Rodriguez
Closed stance: Frequent Sox management negotiating positions for overpaid stars (see Damon or Martinez)
Clubhouse lawyer: agent, as opposed to other parts of posse
Clutch: see Ortiz, David
Comebacker: witty retort to bench jockeying
Cripple: see Bonds, Barry
Cup of Coffee: leaded, see amphetamines or greenies
Double Steal: Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb
Fan: short for fanny, as in fannies in the seats
Fungo: road trip to gentleman's club or bar
Green light: undervalued contract
Gun: see NBA, as in "that player has a gun"
Hit-and-run: what the best players do, running after hitting
Hit for the Cycle: see Ben Rothlisberger
Hot corner: see Fungo
Journeyman: player who likes 'rock music' as opposed to hip hop, i.e. fan of Journey
Juice: performance enhancing drug
Leg hitter: see Battery
Magic Number: what player must receive in contract to be respected
Out Man: disabled list player
Payoff pitch: off-field employment, as in endorsements
Pitch count: the number of times the Remdawg hypes his website, upcoming television events, or All-Star game gala
Punchout: see Brett Myers
Rubber: see Fungo
Screwball: many lefthanded pitchers
Squeeze: attempt to lowball player on contract; see closed stance
Stopper: valuable adjunct for players who prefer hard liquor to beer
Stuff: see juice, as in 'on the stuff'
Whitewash: MLB and Players' Union approach to performance-enhancing drug use, see juice, see stuff
As a matter of taste, our editors have decided to omit some other popular baseball definitions...