On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:49:29 -0500, Tony Cooper
Post by Tony Cooper Post by Mark Brader Post by Tony Cooper
I know the cucumber meaning, and the tricky situation meaning, but
also the baseball meaning. In baseball, when a baserunner is between
bases and being run down by two basemen, that's called a pickle.
I thought it was called a rundown.
It is. It's also called "a pickle".
From Wiki: A rundown, informally known as a pickle or the hotbox, is
a situation in the game of baseball that occurs when the baserunner is
stranded between two bases, also known as no-man's land, and is in
jeopardy of being tagged out.
It's not unusual for something to be known by more than one term.
With a catcher and a first baseman in the family, pickles are not at
all uncommon for me to see. When a baserunner on first is attempting
to steal, the catcher often pegs it to first and sometimes the runner
is caught in pickle between first and second.
I just noticed that no less than _Vanity Fair_ has used "pickle" with
either the "in a bind" or "baseball" meanings in what might be a mixed
"Complicating matters is the shutdown, which has consumed Trumps
attention. A prominent Republican close to the White House told me
that Trump is essentially winging it when it comes to shutdown talks
with Democrats. People are looking around asking, Whats the play
call? the Republican said. Hes calling plays from the line of
scrimmage. This was not played well. Hes in a pickle now, and I
dont see a way out.
Plays are called from the "line of scrimmage" in football but from the
dugout or by a base coach in baseball. However, describing Trump
being "in a pickle" does suggest the baseball meaning of trapped
between opposing players.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida