Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A ballplayer, a ball player, and a player--during his career, Pat Burrell has been all three of these...

Ahhh, baseball. I've been waiting since October for baseball to return. Spring training's happening right now, my fantasy baseball draft happens next week (let's goooo, BILFs!), and hot baseball players are using questionable grammar. Today's example is Pat freakin' Burrell: former Phillies ballplayer, current Tampa Bay Ray, always a player.

Pat did a very, very nice thing: He took out some ad space in the Philadelphia Daily News, and he wrote a thank-you letter to the Philly fans who, um, booed him for a good portion of his career in Philly. This was a sweet gesture. It would have been even sweeter had he called himself a ballplayer as opposed to a ball player...



Now, I'm not saying that using the phrase ball player is entirely wrong. I don't think it's dead wrong. However, after a lot of Googling, I found that people definitely use the term ballplayer more often than ball player. The term ballplayer is also in the dictionary, which means it's actually a real word/term. I think ball player has become socially acceptable terminology, but I don't necessarily think that, given the choice between using ball player and ballplayer in a sentence, ball player would really be the best term to use.

Then again, Pat (in the Rays uniform, on the left) might really have literally meant he's a, um, ball player...

I originally found this picture over at Deadspin.



Ahhhh, good ol' Pat. I'll miss seeing him (and his nice butt) in red and white pinstripes this season, but now I have an excuse to watch Rays games. (He looks just as nice in a Rays uniform, and now Tampa Bay, not my Phillies, must contend with his slowness.) BILFiness* knows no team-related bounds; I may be a Phillies girl at heart, but dammit, I'm a sucker for a hot baseball player no matter which team's uniform he happens to be wearing. (And yeah, BILFs even manage to retain their cuteness when they're messing with their junk on the field.)

* "BILF" is my very own made-up term to describe cute baseball players. It stands for Ballplayers I'd Like [to]...um, there are several "F"-words that could fit here, so pick your favorite. I know what my favorite one is... "The BILFs" is also the name of my fantasy baseball team.

12 comments:

mama grammarphile said...

Man! Is nothing sacred to you? Pat did such a nice thing, and you jump all over his grammar? And then show him playing a "home game"? Tsk, tsk.
I guess I don't need to save that page from the paper for you anymore. lol
Love you.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! Nope, nothing is sacred, not even the could-be-better grammar of a cute baseball player. ;)

From the looks of it, he was more focused on something else than on playing that home game...LOL. "Ball player," indeed!

Love you too, Mom! :)

J. Alfred Proofreader said...

Given the picture you posted of Pat, it's very possible he meant "ball player."

Had he or the Daily News consulted the Times Style Manual, they would have seen that on page 36, "ballplayer" is the preferred style.

You're right...and let's go Phils!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ooh, I am SO glad I have clarification on this point! Thank you, Proofreader! I'm happy to know that I was right about "ballplayer" being the preferred term. (Shame on the Daily News for not knowing/using the preferred term!)

And HELL YES--let's go, Phils! :)

LadyStyx said...

So, here I am, reading the TITLE and my mind already going to places it really shouldn't. I'm thinking, as I start to skim, that I need to remember to keep my husband (and any little sons to arrive in my life)from this dude's games as it sounds like he's a Michael Jackson in the making and the LAST thing I want is some stranger playing with my family's balls when YOU.went.there FOR me! Oh my, my poor virgin eyes!

*laughs and waits for Chicagolady to come in and say BS to my comment*

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! Actually, Pat tends to mess with his hair more than his balls when he's on the field. I've stared at him a lot (he's quite cute), so I should know. ;)

Carlos said...

Funny post!

So what if he is a ball player? Ain't that why God invented balls? I mean, if God had meant man not to play with his bidness, wouldn't he have made his arms shorter? ;-)

ChicagoLady said...

Sorry, but the majority of ballplayers are ball players. They obviously don't mind having the world know this, as they only do it when they are on base, where the camera will get them air time.

LadyStyx? Virgin? Bwahahahahaha

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Carlos: You've got a good point there--can't really argue that, LOL! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: Oh, I know it. They're always either messing with their balls or spitting out giant wads of chaw...all while they're on TV, of course.

And somehow they STILL manage to be hot. Sigh.

Dave said...

HAHA - Awesome post!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Glad you liked it! ;)