Over 640 new words will be added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Monday, and one of them is sure to put pitchers on edge.
It may have taken 45 years and hundreds of procedures, but “Tommy John surgery” is officially being added to the dictionary, according to Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto.
In a moment that can only be appreciated by a baseball writer with an English degree, “Tommy John surgery” will officially be added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary on Monday.
Yes. This is the most boring tweet I’ve ever sent. But I’m owning it.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 24, 2019
Tommy John surgery was first performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974. The first patient to undergo the surgery was … Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John.
The procedure, which involves repairing a torn ulnar collateral ligament, was named after John, and has been performed on hundreds, if not thousands, of professional and amateur baseball players in the last 45 years.
Tommy John never made the Hall of Fame, but he did make the dictionary.
So he has that going for him, which is nice.
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