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Touch 'em all

Posted by RRC on June 10, 2009 at 18:04

In Reply to: Touch 'em all posted by Jason on June 09, 2009 at 09:11:

: One can hear baseball commentators shout "touch 'em all, [player's name]!" when a player hits a big home run. I would imagine this was a famous call from somewhere, but it may have come from some other tradition. I'm wondering where it came from and what it might mean in relation to that. Thanks!

After hitting a home run, you still have to touch all the bases in order to not be declared out. It's not totally uncommon for someone to be so excited or distracted by the cheering crowd that they fail to pay attention to the placement of their feet as the round the bases and miss one. It's just good advice.