Part of the charm of baseball is its vivid vocabulary, about which much has been written. Last week I heard a new (to me) term: seeing-eye hit, alternatively seeing-eye single. It describes a slowly-moving ground ball that would normally be an easy out, but which unerringly manages to find its way through a gap between infielders and thus gets a runner on base.

Is it called that because it resembles a seeing-eye dog in discerning a path? Or does the term come from the mystically omniscient "all-seeing eye" (aka "Eye of Horus" or "Eye of Providence")? Or is the actual explanation more mundane, e.g., a radio announcer groping for a new metaphor and fortuitously getting solid wood on his words?

(cf. BroncBurnett (2004-07-21), ...)

TopicRecreation - TopicLanguage - 2005-06-07

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