HOME RUN OR FOUL BALL?

Reader's Digest - - Letters -

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

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