Sunday, February 27, 2005

I never thought of this, either....

Bill Walsh's The Slot Blog has an item this week from a review from Miss Alli at a place called Television Without Pity that correctly wonders why "stepping up to the plate" has become synonymous with an act of courage:

"In actual baseball," she writes "when you 'step up to the plate,' it's because it's your turn. It's not an act of courage! That guy isn't willingly putting himself in harm's way. He's not ballsy; he's next. So can we stop using 'step up to the plate' as some kind of synonym for 'volunteer'? Because it really, really isn't.

3 comments:

sportsgopher said...

Completely agree. I absolutely despise the phrase and refuse to use the quote if someone says it.
Step up, stepped up. stepping up, shut up.

Tom G said...

The phrase is certainly overused/misused, but if you don't think it takes just a wee bit of courage to stand in the box against Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez, then you are mistaken.

Mike said...

'Tis on par with "meteoric rise."