To mock how sports long has been considered the newspaper's "toy department," I would occasionally fill my report with the kind of old-time sports jargon associated with sportswriting and sports broadcasting, to the amusement of several of the great journalism minds in the room. For example, I might reference "the taciturn tender of the initial hassock." That, of course, was Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray. In trade talks, the Orioles might be seeking a "guardian of the hot corner," a "web-fingered fly-catcher" or perhaps a "wily southpaw to toe the slab." In October, we might have a "pivotal Game 4 of the Fall Classic between the Senior Circuit's Queen City Nine and the Junior Loop entry from the Bay Area."