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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Botching the Adverb is a Must if You're in a Baseball Uniform

"He pitched good."

"I hit it good."

It's almost as though there's an unwritten rule that you must not, under any circumstances, use proper grammar and the word "well." About as unwritten, I think, as the rule that a team should not bunt or steal if it's up more than 7 runs.

Do you recall any manager or player saying, "He pitched well tonight." "He hit that ball really well." The broadcasters might use proper grammar as a way to honor their teachers and not irritate their parents, but the managers, coaches and players seemingly are constitutionally barred from using the word "well."

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