Who uses it: Professional baseball players
What it means: A fat, slow "junk" pitch, thrown to confuse a batter who's expecting speed or a curve ball.
How you can use it: When you're hiding your light under a bushel. "That wasn't a mistake, that was an Eephus."
It's Opening Day, a Holy Day of Obligation here in Red Sox Nation... although the big event, the Red Sox home opener, isn't until next week.
As a transplant in Red Sox Nation, I feel both respectful and bewildered about the passion people have for their team. Red Sox fans cherish a sense of persecution that winning the World Series didn't change, and I can't help but see that as a relic of the region's Puritan heritage. Red Sox fans want to be underdogs and outsiders. I get that.
Jennifer and I have discovered that we are both more productive if we work together (even though we're working on completely different things), so Dizzy and I are headed down to Freeport for a work bee. The Sox-Rangers game starts at 2:05... we might turn it on.