HOME RUN OR FOUL BALL?
We thought we had hit it out of the park when we noted that phrases from baseball were more celebrated than lingo from any other sport, but many readers balked: I’m champing at the bit to prove that horse-racing idioms beat baseball idioms, not by a whisker or a nose but by a mile. Right out of the gate, the fastest two minutes in sports would prove in the homestretch that we have a winner. No one can say that’s lame. Ready to place your bets? —Jeanne Agner Richmond, Vermont I had to come out swinging with boxing phrases. No way would I take a dive or throw in the towel; I’m no lightweight. I just have to roll with the punches so I won’t be down for the count. —Gary P. Gawel houston, texas