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R.A. Dickey introduces new phrase to baseball lexicon: ‘Hard as crud’


The Toronto Blue Jays are struggling. With lofty goals for the season, the Blue Jays have underwhelmed thus far. The team is scuttling along (to put it nicely), sitting at a 13-23 record, bad enough to already be 8.5 games back of the East-leading New York Yankees.

During Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, knuckleball pitcher Dickey performed well, going six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out five in a start that yielded him a no decision.

Everyone on the team is searching for answers in an attempt to explain how things have come undone so quickly. Rickey addressed the team’s struggles following the game and insisted that it isn’t for lack of effort. At least I think that’s what he meant.

Here is how Dickey tried to explain it (via the Toronto Star):

“It’s just sad, because you pour your heart and soul into the game and it doesn’t always end up in a win. We’re playing hard. We’re not maybe playing the smartest baseball, but we’re playing hard as crud.”

Hard as crud? What does that mean?

Merrian-Webster defines “crud” as follows:

a : a deposit or incrustation of filth, grease, or refuse

b : something disgusting : rubbish

c slang : a contemptible person

d:  a usually ill-defined or imperfectly identified bodily disorder

Confusing. None of the definitions really fits the description of “hard,” but if we go with the last definition, “a usually ill-defined or imperfectly identified bodily disorder,” one could say that it could also loosely mean “crap.” And if that’s the case, I want to know what Dickey has been eating lately. He might want to get that checked out by a doctor.

[H/T Hardball Talk]