fastball (plural fastballs)

  1. (baseball) Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball
  2. (baseball) A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers
    The pitcher had a blazing fastball.
  • hummer (slang)
  • cheese (slang)
  • heat (slang)
  • gas (slang)
  • Linda Ronstadt (slang)
    1. 1986 May 1, "Talkin' Baseball . . . The Can of Corn Is Back on the Shelf ↗," Los Angeles Times:
      A couple of players told me that they refer to a situation in which the batter is badly overmatched by a fastball as a Linda Ronstadt... That refers to Ronstadt's million-selling remake of Roy Orbison's hit song, "Blue Bayou" (blew by you).

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