The Most Overused Spring Training Cliches & Phrases

Sunday, March 29, 2009  |  by 

As a quasi-writer, I am all too familiar with the "Ford Taurus" or literary devices - the cliche. Just like the car itself, it's very easy to fall into the trap of using of cliches, but often times it takes the Jaws Of Life just to pry yourself away from using them ever again.

With that being said, here is a list spring training phrases and clichés that I am guilty of beating to death over the course of the past few months. I acknowledge my intermittent lack of original thoughts, and apologize for subjecting you to such repetitive phrases and clichés, and will be more than glad to shelf them until Spring Training 2010.
  • “Making the trip north”
  • “25 man roster”
  • “Staying behind in Las Vegas”
  • “A good/bad outing”
  • "Question mark(s)"
  • “Tear/rip the cover off the ball”
  • “In fine form”
  • And my personal favourite … “Ready for Opening Day”
Most recently, Will from The Southpaw also noticed another baseball cliche (not necessarily limited to Spring Training) that needs to be put to rest. Of course, feel free to add your own favourite Spring Training cliches and phrases in the comment section. Consider this as somewhat of an “Exorcising of the Cliche Demons”. Be gone vile cliches, be gone!


  1. I used to drive a Ford Taurus.

    Good times. That car was "in fine form." For a few years, at least.

    My first car was a Ford Tempo.

    Ford - For life.

  2. You better not rock a Ford Emblem on a chain around your neck, man!


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