A high, easy-to-catch, fly ball hit to the outfield. The phrase is said to have originated in the nineteenth-century and relates to an old-time grocer's method of getting canned goods down from a high shelf. Using a stick with a hook on the end, a grocer could tip a can so that it would fall for an easy catch into his apron. One theory for use of corn as the canned good in the phrase is that a can of corn was considered the easiest "catch" as corn was the best selling vegetable in the store and so was heavily stocked on the lowest shelves. Another theory is that the corn refers to the practice in the very early days of baseball of calling the outfield the "corn field," especially in early amateur baseball where the outfield may have been a farm field. Frequently used by Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson. Bob Prince, Pittsburgh Pirates' announcer, used a variation, 'A #8 CAN OF GOLDEN BANTAM'. Also, a phrase used to refer to something that is not challenging. Informally, can of corn may be used as a phrase to describe mild excitement, personal acknowledgement or recognition of significance.
Choupique19 LSU Fan The cheap seats Member since Sep 2005 37175 posts
re: Mouton The Monkey has arrived in Omaha(Posted by Choupique19 on 6/13/13 at 10:17 pm to ell_13)
Jase said nothing about the baseball term "can of corn". He said that Nebraska is the leading producer of corn in the nation, so when the Tigers see that can of corn, they should think of Omaha, Nebraska, and what it takes to get there.