Something coming from left field could relate to field of vision problems. Out in left field usually relates to someone or some party that does “not get it”. They don’t quite know what is happening. However, in baseball parlance good baseball players are generally put in left field because right hand batters normally hit to left field. So sometimes the idioms don’t quite fit their literal use, but are still fun to think about. A few years ago, the retail clothing business, “The Gap” advertised on fences somewhere in midfield, a clever idea, because of gaps between fielders. At a recent St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves game e two of the outfielders ran into each other in a gap midfield. Don and Doris Fisher, however, did not name their business because of baseball, but because of a niche: no one store in San Francisco, where they lived, had jeans in many sizes and shapes.

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