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July 22, 2004

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Kevin Robinson

I've enjoyed Nordlinger, but he shifted sports on us. Being Ronstadt-ed is baseball slang for a pitcher getting a fastball past you when you bat.

"For example, when players refer to a teammate hitting a "titanic," they are not talking about a monstrous home run, but rather about a "sinking liner." Similarly, if a batter has been "Linda Ronstadt-ed," we are not referring to some personal experience, but rather acknowledging that the pitcher threw a fastball which "Blue Bayou." Or blew by you, depending on your sense of wordplay." Tim Wiles, from

http://www.baseball1.com/twiles/dirt14.html

This must date from the 1970's. If it was older, we'd call it being "Roy Orbisoned."

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