Sunday, October 27, 2013

#67 Mike Stanley

PULLING : transitive verb \ˈpu̇l also ˈpəl\
to hit (a ball) toward the left from a right-handed swing or toward the right from a left-handed swing

Is that really what they mean?
I can't see the use of PULLING in this case.
How does PULLING relate to Mike Stanley?
Is Mike known for ALWAYS pulling the ball or something?
Any suggestions?

Here's all the definitions, I'll let you all decide:

transitive verb
a :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force
b :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly <pull taffy>
c :  to strain abnormally <pull a tendon>
d :  to hold back (a racehorse) from winning
e :  to work (an oar) by drawing back strongly
a :  to draw out from the skin <pull feathers from a rooster's tail>
b :  to pluck from a plant or by the roots <pull flowers> <pull turnips>
c :  extract <pull a tooth>
:  to hit (a ball) toward the left from a right-handed swing or toward the right from a left-handed swing — compare push
:  to draw apart :  rend, tear
:  to print (as a proof) by impression
:  to remove from a place or situation <pull the engine> <pulled the pitcher in the third inning> <pulled the show>
:  to bring (a weapon) into the open <pulled a knife>
a :  perform, carry out <pull an all-nighter> <pull guard duty>
b :  commit, perpetrate <pull a robbery> <pull a prank>
a :  put on, assume <pull a grin>
b :  to act or behave in the manner of <pulled a Horace Greely and went west — Steve Rushin>
a :  to draw the support or attention of :  attract <pull votes> —often used with in
b :  obtain, secure <pulled a B in the course>
:  to demand or obtain an advantage over someone by the assertion of <pull rank>

intransitive verb
a :  to use force in drawing, dragging, or tugging
b :  to move especially through the exercise of mechanical energy <the car pulled clear of the rut>
c (1) :  to take a drink (2) :  to draw hard in smoking <pulled at a pipe>
d :  to strain against the bit
:  to draw a gun
:  to admit of being pulled
:  to feel or express strong sympathy :  root <pulling for my team to win>
of an offensive lineman in football :  to move back from the line of scrimmage and toward one flank to provide blocking for a ballcarrier

Monday, October 21, 2013

#66 Ruben Rivera

PHENOM : noun \ˈfē-ˌnäm, fi-ˈnäm\
: a person who is very good at doing something (such as a sport)

Or very good at stealing things.

Stole teammate Derek Jeter's glove and bat, and sold them to a sports memorabilia dealer.

Got caught and was voted off the team.

Cousin of Mariano Rivera.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

#65 Andy Pettitte

CONTROL : verb \kən-ˈtrōl\
: to direct the actions or function of (something) : to cause (something) to act or function in a certain way

(Something) like a four-seam and cut fastball, a slider, curveball, and changeup.

Owner of 5 World Championships.

MLB's all-time postseason wins leader with 19.

Had a one-year retirement in 2011, then came back for 2 more seasons.

Won the most games of any pitcher in the 2000s.

Only major league pitcher who played at least 18 seasons without having a losing record in any season.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

#64 Paul O'Neill

LAUNCHED : verb \ˈlȯnch, ˈlänch\
: to send or shoot (something, such as a rocket) into the air or water or into outer space

8 years with the Reds/9 years with the Yankees

Won 5 World Championships.

Only player to have played on the winning team in three perfect games.

He appeared on Seinfeld as himself.