Domeball fever: can you catch it?
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Watching the Twins on Monday (we do NOT speak of yesterday's game
), I was introduced to the term domeball
, which I've also seen written as Domeball
, dome ball
, and even (!) 'domeball
This seems to have at least two relevant senses. First and foremost: "baseball as played at the Metrodome
If you're a baseball purist and just can't endure domeball, parlorball, studioball, or whatever you want to call that strange game played indoors on a carpet, then head outdoors to Saint Paul's Midway Stadium. [cite]
(I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that this sense is applied to baseball games at other domed stadiums.)
The second sense is the one I intially encountered: "a fly ball that is hard to see because the ceiling
and the baseball look too similar." This sense seems to be less common in print, but here's an example:
Inside-the-park homer, my ass. Anyone who knows a thing about the game knows it was a single and three base error. This was not a domeball like that over Milton Bradley's head Tuesday; it was a fielding error, plain and simple. [cite]
I also found a Star Tribune article
with some interesting Twins factoids. I remember hearing before about the Baggie
, our version of the Green Monster
, but I hadn't realized that nowadays the Twins play on FieldTurf
, not AstroTurf.
, as that Trib article would have it. Maybe some stubborn copy editor is still fighting the good fight against internal caps?)
I plan to watch a lot of baseball this season, so here's hoping that I run into some other interesting lingo. Double-Tongued Word Wrestler
has already assembled a nice collection of somewhat obscure baseball terms
Labels: dialect, vocab
I'd have figured "domeball" for the sport and "dome ball" for the hit/fielding opportunity.
Or is that too obscure a mechanism for readers to get?
Think reactive, not reactionary