Posted by Word Camel on May 06, 2002
In Reply to: Baseball phrase - Give him the neck posted by masakim on May 05, 2002
: : I heard it used to describe something the pitcher was going to do, but couldn't work out what it meant. Anyone?
: Does it have something to do with "neck ball"?
: neck ball A ball thrown inside in the vicinity of the batter's neck. "It's
not necessarily meant as a malicious pitch, but ... any game I've played in and
they've hit back-to-back homers and the next pitch is a neck ball, it's a warning"
(Baltimore Orioles manager Davey Johnson, on a pitch thrown at Cal Ripken Jr.,
quoted in _Baltimore Sun_, Aug. 27, 1996).
: From _The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary_ by Paul Dickson.