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Posted: 03 August 2019 12:44 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Every sport has its pecular jargon.  In American baseball, a home run has spawned a few terms: Hit a homer, put one out of the park, hit a four-bagger, and others.  Recently (or not?), we have go yard, meaning to hit the pitched ball out of the grass playing field, or yard. 

Is there a similar construction in British or other Englishes for any bat and ball sports?

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Posted: 03 August 2019 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Go yard is a new one on me, and I watch or listen to about a hundred games per year.

This site claims it “...is most commonly associated with Camden Yard, the home ball park of the Baltimore Orioles.” That makes sense for Birds fans, and perhaps it has become more widespread and I have somehow missed hearing it, but I would suspect that by “most commonly” they mean “almost exclusively”. Also, I’ve never seen the Orioles home in the singular: It’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Baseball is played on a field, in a park, at a stadium, and on a diamond, but I’ve never heard a venue)or part thereof) called a yard.

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Posted: 04 August 2019 01:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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"LeMahieu goes yard twice in win over Red Sox”

That’s the caption of an ESPN photo in a report on the Yanks game yesterday afternoon.  It was played about three hundred miles north of Baltimore, so I guess the term has spread. 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/game?gameId=401076386

I haven’t heard it before, but it does show up in print.

[ Edited: 04 August 2019 01:32 AM by cuchuflete ]
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Posted: 04 August 2019 02:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks, I’ll have to keep an eye open for it.

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Posted: 04 August 2019 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The phrase dates to at least 1988, four years before Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened:

1988 _St. Louis Post-Dispatch_ 8 Sep. 2D (Factiva) A batter with power can hit a ball out of the ballyard, yes. More likely, though, he can go back, go massive or go yard.

Ben Zimmer posted this citation on ADS-L some ten years ago. It can probably be antedated.

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Posted: 04 August 2019 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ve added go yard to the Big List.

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