The Simile of the Year

Baseball’s peripatetic scribe, the New Yorker’s Roger Angell in the November 30, 2009 description of the Damned Yankee’s 2009 World Series Championship describes pitcher C.C. Sabathia thusly:

“Too bad, but I’m not going to get around to C.C. Sabathia’s sunny looks and pavilion-sized pants and weird, white-toed spikes, or ask batters how they feel about his fastball-cutter-changeup assortment that arrives (he’s six-seven and two hundred and ninety pounds) like a loaded tea tray coming down an airshaft.”

That boys and girls, is a simile.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

3 thoughts on “The Simile of the Year”

  1. Excellent comment on CC Sabathia — I always thought that crooked hat might be off-putting too. Like you, I covered my boat yesterday, unlike you I used a newly-purchased plastic tarp. Unfolding it in 15 degree temps was interesting, and I quit when my fingers could no longer follow my brain’s instrucions on how to tie a knot.


  2. not to quibble with Angell’s divine quill, but I might have substituted “dumbwaiter” for “airshaft” — but either way the similie is a homerun. (sorry, couldn’t resist…)


    1. Jan — I thought the same thing until I had a flash of Curly dropping a fully loaded tea tray down the wrong opening onto Moe’s head. If you think about it, a dumbwaiter would be a nice easy, controlled delivery. An airshaft is pure crashing chaos.


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