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    Smile shimmy a ball down a line

    Hi! Here's a sentence like below.

    "I can shimmy a ball down a line so pretty, there isn't a soul on God's green earth that can even get near it."

    "I", the boy is confident in playing baseball. What does the bolded part mean? Please help!

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    Re: shimmy a ball down a line

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hi! Here's a sentence like below.

    "I can shimmy a ball down a line so pretty, there isn't a soul on God's green earth that can even get near it."

    "I", the boy is confident in playing baseball. What does the bolded part mean? Please help!
    If a baseball player can hit the ball so that its trajectory takes it just inside the fair/foul lines, the ball has a good chance of getting past the fielder whose job is either to catch the ball on the fly or, after the ball has touched the ground, get it back to one of the basemen so the batter can be tagged out.
    I have never heard this exact expression, but it suggests that the speaker is bragging that he can do this.

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    Re: shimmy a ball down a line

    Iím not a teacher.

    Hi frindle,

    Here is my speculation concerning the matter in question:

    shimmy = tilt = attack = pitch a quivering ball witch comes right at your head = pitching dangerously to one side

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: shimmy a ball down a line

    Dear vil:

    Interesting interpretation. In fact, I thought 'shimmy' was an unusual choice for this passage. A ball hit 'down a line so pretty' ('a bullet', in baseball terms), would not 'shimmy' (shake, spin in an off-centered way).

    In the end, I decided that the writer chose it for the way it sounds. I think it would be wrong to hold the speaker to account for scientific accuracy! There is a sort of poetry to sports talk, and we must grant the speakers that license.

    The writer here is referring to a ball struck by the batter, not a ball thrown by the pitcher.

    All best wishes,

    Petra

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