It’s not just Donald Trump! Baseball players say “schlonged” too.

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The other day Donald Trump used the term “schlonged” to describe Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. Because we now live in Insane Land, this possibly off-color/possibly Yiddish/possibly insider slang caused much more controversy than, say, Trump praising the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and his other arguably fascist policy proposals. Propose laws which would make an entire religious minority literal second class citizens? Well, I suppose that’s problematic. Say something off-color but, ultimately, of no consequence? People lose their minds.

The fun part of Trump’s comment was the walkback, in which he said that “schlonged” is a common insider political term for a serious drubbing. I suppose that’s possible, but you figure someone would’ve used it publicly before. When I heard him say that I assumed he was BS’ing. But maybe not! Because, according to the recently-retired Dan Haren, the term is used in baseball circles as well!

 

Oh my Yicketty, that’s fantastic. Just a mammo tweet.

In other news, I am reasonably certain this is the only time NBC is gonna let me use the term “schlonged” in a post. But this is news and it’s my mission to bring you the news.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).