Sunday, August 05, 2007

Out at home plate? - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Out at home plate? - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 'The kid woke up on third base and thought he'd hit a triple.'
Interesting observation.

I'm a sports person. I'm not okay with that observation.

Life isn't a 'game.' And, if you want to contrast life and being 'mayor of Pittsburgh' with Luke's career, you'd be hard pressed to say that he 'just woke up.' Plus, no games last for years? Seasons come and go.


Jonathan Potts said...

Sometimes a metaphor is just a metaphor. If all writing was literal, it wouldn't be very interesting, now would it?

The phrase I've always heard is "He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple", generally applied to people who fail to appreciate the advantages their affluent birth has brought them.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Understood J.P. I was nit-picking at JSM who does't do much with follow-through, IMNSHO.

Another metaphor...

In the past, when I was publishing books (late 80s), I had an expression given to me from a close friend. He said that I had a dozen base runners all on first base -- because each had been hit by a pitch.

They each had a big black and blue mark on their leg, or bump on the head.

In baseball, runners advance automatically. In life, not so fast.

I needed a few to come along to 'clear the bases' -- pull a RBI -- hit a home run, etc.

Oh well....