Monday, June 15, 2009

The real definition of a 'slumpbuster'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:03 AM

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Sunday's Kansas City Star featured a really lame story about the art of the "slumpbuster," devoting only a couple of paragraphs to the real meaning of the

baseball slang, burying them deep in the story and even calling the ritual "disgusting" and "reprehensible." This is how you make a story about slumpbusting boring. The daily wasn't about to mention s-e-x or define the term the way notorious slumpbuster and former Chicago Cub Mark Grace did (to be fair, they mention Grace but dance around his dirty deeds). Grace cured his

hitting woes and losing streaks by, well, here's exactly how Grace defined a "slumpbuster" on a 2003 episode of Jim Rome's TV show, Rome is Burning.

"A

slumpbuster is when you have to take one for the the team," Grace said.

"It's finding the biggest, nastiest, fattest broad, and you put the

wood to her to come out of your slump. Also known as 'jumping on a

grenade for the team.'"

That's a slumpbuster.

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