Monday, June 8, 2009

RBI or RBIs?*

This is one of those things that should have been covered in the wonderful book, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation."

Then again, the English author probably gave two hoots about baseball. So there's that.

Any-who, let's get something grammatically straight, baseball fans and lazy sportswriters and editors (and Mariners' announcers who do this constantly):

"RBI" means "run batted in." Or, should a player knock in more than one runner, "runs batted in."

Example: Todd Helton had 1 RBI today.
Example: Chase Utley had 4 RBI on the day.

"RBIs" reads and sounds like, "run batted ins" or "runs batted ins."

Either way, it just be crappy English.

Got it? Good.

Carry on.

*Find a punctuation error in this post? Fuck you for noticing.**
** Kidding!

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