Baseball Metaphor Watch: Norm Macdonald on Conan, 1997

One of the most important skills a person can cultivate towards the end of becoming (and, of course, also remaining) an internet baseball writer is his or her capacity for recycling media that’s almost 20 years old in a manner that seems nearly relevant to the contemporary reader.

The means by which the author has attempted to do that here is to begin a series of posts called Baseball Metaphor Watch, in which he (i.e. that same author) identifies occasions — both past and also present — upon which notable personalities have utilized the Pastime for metaphorical purposes.

In this case, specifically: Conan O’Brien characterizing the nature of a joke Norm Macdonald has just told, in 1997. The full, very long video of the interview is available here.

The relevant quote is here:

That was amazing. You pulled it out. I was worried about you for a minute. I thought you were in deep trouble. I thought you might get backed into a corner, have a lot more pressure on you, and then not have anything. But the pitch came in low and towards the middle, and you put it out of the park.




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8 Responses to “Baseball Metaphor Watch: Norm Macdonald on Conan, 1997”

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  1. scatterbrian says:

    Can you please also incorporate future occasions upon which notable personalities utilize the Pastime for metaphorical purposes? To use 1997 vernacular, doing so would be all that AND a bag of chips.

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  2. imnotanartard25 says:

    Correction: No video of Norm MacDonald can be referred to as “very long”, as no video of Norm MacDonald can be long enough.

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  3. brett says:

    This is a wonderful thing you’ve started, Carson. Can you guys tell me how to link to a youtube video and have it start playing at a specified point the middle like that?

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  4. Chairman of the Bored says:

    Welp, ended up watching the whole thing. This is the famous “Chairman of the Bored” interview. God, Norm MacDonald is a national treasure.

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  5. Bill says:

    Wow. Notgraphs died while I still only knew one baseball metaphor. Now i can’t sound erudite while using the Pastime for metaphorical purposes

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