Every so often, when the mood strikes, my wife Emily likes me to feed her baseball trivia questions. We had a session on Sunday after the Yanks lost to the Marlins. My first question was, “What is ERA?” She got it right but did not agree with the number being divided by nine innings.
“What if it is the first game of the year and a pitcher only goes six innings, how can it go into nine?”
I calmly explained.
We moved on. And she got a good many of them right–or at least partially right. Her thinking made sense. Who is known as Junior? “Cal Ripken.”
What is a fielder’s choice? “That’s when the fielder gets to make the choice. See? I told you I was right.”
The infield fly-rule? “That’s when the infielder’s call off the outfielders and make the catch.”
And my favorite. What is a Baltimore Chop?
“That’s a kind of meat cut special in Baltimore.”
“That’s when they have everyone at Camden Yards come on the field during the seventh inning stretch and practice karate.”
I love my baseball wife.