Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 17:36:17 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: why no right field? On Mon, 22 Jan 1996, Jerry Miller wrote: > > Anyone know the background of the expression "out of left field" or "from > left field," which would seem to have a baseball-related origin, but why > LEFT field, rather than, say, right field? As I recall, the expression is actually "way out in left field" and refers to the fact that the left field fence is farther away from home plate in most ball parks than is right field. This, in turn, stems from the fct that most ball players bat right handed, and hence they tend to hit their longest balls to left field. >Given the current political > connotations of left and right, it implies something unsavory (or weird) > about those on the political left, absent any "out of right field" > expression to label people like Rush Limbaugh, John Birch, et al (or at > least gives Rush and his crowd a loaded weapon the folks on the other side > don't have). Along with sinister, gauche, left-handed compliment,"left-handed" as a euphemism for "homosexual," and the like. Many peoples use only the right hand in eating,reserving the left for contact with genitals. We lefties have always been discriminated against--like any minority. However, we are as a group mentally superior to rilght-handed persons (and we tend also tobe better-looking and more personable), which is (as I se it) the REAL reason why French assigned the label to progressive (as opposed to reactionary) politics.