I’ve heard it on several occasions, and even used it myself before – under the influence of rowdy Americans – but I never found out the actual meaning of ‘Pinch-hitting’ until yesterday. It seems silly not to have guessed that it’s a baseball term, dating back to the early C20th; interesting as I’ve always known it only in the context of stepping in last minute to provide a creative piece (story, poem, art) when someone has dropped out. The pinch-hitter is the saviour, the selfless creature giving up their time to help out people who’ve been let down. This strays a little from the original meaning, where you might bring another player on for many reasons including a superior skill or chance to hit.
I bring it up now because a good writer friend and I both pinch-hitted for the latest issue of CAKE, which was printed today and will be published over the weekend. Issue 3 has nine contributors rather than the usual two or three, and has proved a real challenge at times to organise. Writers are notoriously unreliable, but everyone has really come through, and barring a few minor hiccups with last minute redrafts and broken printers, I’ve really enjoyed putting together this issue. I also really enjoyed pinch-hitting with Mandi, something we only decided on at 4pm yesterday and cheered each other on as we wrote and edited at lightning speed last night/this morning.
There’s a really busy weekend ahead of me, including the second CAKE.writerscircle meeting on Sunday, and I’m really looking forward to Monday and some time to sit and write!