I’m currently reading Larry Moffi’s “This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s.” (And, by the way, it’s a great book!)
In the book, Gene Woodling tells how, back in the day, when he was with the Yankees, if the team won a few in a row and/or was feeling good about themselves, Frankie Crosetti – then a coach with the Yankees – used to walk about the clubhouse and warn the players “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit.”
So, you know I had to google this – and I found a reference where Wayne Terwilliger had a manager in the 1950′s, Bill Norman (who was a former player in the ’30′s like Crosetti), that used to warn his players with this exact same phrase.
Therefore, I would bet that the expression “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit” dates back to the 1930′s and was carried into the 1950′s by some who heard it in the ’30s. But, for sure, it’s not something that you hear very often these days – if at all.
But, perhaps it’s time to pull this one out of mothballs? In fact, it’s what I would say to Yankeeland at this moment: “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit.”
Yes, the Yankees won Game One of the 2010 ALDS. But, they had to empty out all their bullets to get it done – and they barely won it, to be candid. And, to me, that’s a victory, sure – but, I wouldn’t plan on throwing a parade…yet…based on what we saw in this one.