Rightoffthebatbook.com’s friend Ron Kaplan has wondered whether cricket, like baseball, has coined expressions that have become commonplaces in non-sporting contexts. The answer is, “Of course!” Protestations to the contrary made by fans of either game, baseball and cricket aren’t unique—let alone uniquely superior. True, one might only ever step up to the plate to hit one out of the park in baseball; but where else but cricket does one confront a sticky wicket or is stumped with a difficult question? One can, perhaps, talk “inside baseball” if one wants to be exclusive and singular; but how better to define the unacceptable by saying “it’s not cricket.” Someone in love might only make it to first base in baseball but might be bowled over or hit for six in cricket. The games are sufficiently different from each other that a list of equivalent phrases is impossible, but both sports have indeed buried themselves into the argots of their respective cultures.
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