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Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6638 times:

High fly ball to left ..... the proverbial can 'o corn.

Where did this come from??

How 'bout ..... "That's a fine kettle of fish" ......

"Can of worms" ......

And on and on ......

 Smile Smile Smile Smile

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User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

I haven't ever heard it. Sorry!


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineTCAS From France, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

A couple of possible sources of the phrase are cited in the definitive "New Dickson Baseball Dictionary." The most accepted: The phrase, first used in 1896, makes reference to a long-ago practice where a grocer would use a stick to tip a can of vegetables off a high shelf, then catch it in his hands or outstretched apron. Another possible source: Such a pop fly is as easy to capture as "corn from a can." Another theory came from announcer Bob Prince, who said, "it's as easy as taking corn out of a can."

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

TCAS has it. It originated as a grocher term, then early on was applied to high fly balls in baseball.

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6611 times:

Hey Lax, haven't you been watching too much of the Braves on TBS? That was their trivia question against the Marlins a few nights ago...

User currently offlineBeefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

That was also the trivia question a while back during a D-Backs game. Its when the grocher/bag boy guy catches the corn in his apron after knocking it off the shelf, as everyone else said  Smile

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6595 times:

How about 'Got Rice?' and 'Got milk?'  Smile

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6592 times:

>>Hey Lax, haven't you been watching too much of the Braves on TBS? That was their trivia question against the Marlins a few nights ago... <<


No, I must have missed that game.

But now that someone has mentioned the grocer thing....that now rings a bell.

Thanx!

Now ..... What about that phrase "Can of Asparagus" ?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6587 times:

I believe the term "Can of Asparagus" originated by someone watching a Los Angeles Dodger game. Noticing that all the players looked like a bunch of canned asses on the field, and going with the Can of Corn tradition, the saying "Can of Asparagus" was born.

I could be wrong though.


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6586 times:

KROC'ster.....

Yes, I believe you're correct! It started in May 1981, when Fernando Valenzuela was pitching!  Smile


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6586 times:

All this talk of delicious veggies is making me hungry!!

How about a nice big dish of "faggots & peas" ?!! Sounds yummy, huh??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Check this link out! (Take special note of the 2nd dish listed).....

http://www.cols-world.co.uk/blkfood.htm


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6582 times:

I now stand firm on my stance against vegetables.

1981 sounds about right. Fernando Valenzuela and his screw ball and all.

If a Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd reset gets worked in here, I'm going home!  Big grin


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

We could always go off on this tangent (which has a reference of food anyhow) .......

Larvell "Sugar Bear" Blanks (a 1970s ballplayer with the Atlanta Braves). Where he got that nickname is beyond me!


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3040 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

Don't even try to give me the LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela theory about this. Bob Prince, the old Pittsburgh Pirates announcer, used the phrase when an easy pop fly was hit before Fernando was born.
It became legendary though when Matty Alou dropped an easy fly ball causing The Gunner to exclaim
"It's a can of corn.......And he drops it!!!!"

I don't know why he used the expression, but he did, ages ago.



Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6560 times:

4holer........

The Dodgers/Fernando thing was something that myself & KROC collaborated on.

It's common name = a joke!  Smile


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

hholer. It's not like myself about about 6 others didn't all agree on the origins of "Can of corn". The fernando thing was a joke as Lax said, based on "Can of Asparagas". Easy there killer.

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3040 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

KROC/Lax,

I was, uh, chemically impaired at the time I posted that. Me, and my liver, apologize for my temporarily diminished comprehension skills.

Damn that beer...



Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

4holer. Being a guy who has been along with my liver had comprehension skills temporarily diminished due to that damn beer, you are forgiven.

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

S'alright, FourHoler.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy [Pass that beer this way, bub.....]

Now ....... What's the origin of "Baltimore Chop" ???

Sounds like dinnertime to me (in baseball terms) ......

"Yes, waiter ...... let's see ..... I'll take the Baltimore (Pork) Chop, medium-well, with a can of corn. For dessert, give me a donut."  Smile Smile Smile


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