My son just finished his final Little League baseball season. During his time, I cracked the code of Little League lingo. As we move on to other things, I thought I’d pass these secrets onto future generations of Little League parents. So, without further ado, this is what Little League parents and coaches say followed by what they really mean.
“Just like in the cage” means “you’re not hitting it like in the cage.”
“Have fun out there” means “we’re losing and that’s not fun for me.”
“Keep your head on it” means “this is the one piece of advice everyone else gives when you’re not hitting it … and you’re not hitting it.”
“Move back in the box” means “this pitcher is throwing too damn hard for you to hit it.”
“Wait on it” means either “this pitcher is throwing too damn slow for you to hit it” or “this pitcher throws a curve ball, which you probably won’t hit.”
“Just you and the mitt” means “you’re not throwing strikes.”
“Let’s go buddy,” means “you’ve been my kid’s teammate for two years now and I still can’t seem to remember your name.”
“Let’s go 23,” means “I still can’t remember your name.”
“@&%$!” means “the umpire says dad has to watch the rest of the game from that hill."
And, finally, “Let’s get some ice cream” means “we just lost.”
How about other Little League parents? Have you picked up any lingo?