Bunt This

I was thinking this morning about bunting. The red, white, and blue stuff that’s hung off the ballpark. Not squaring around to put the bat on the ball. I know that ballparks put it out for Opening Day, the All Star Game and the playoffs. Bunting is used when the ballpark needs a little something extra for a special event. It’s like putting on a suit and tie. To me it makes the place look more festive and colorful  like it’s ready for a party.

Why is it called bunting? Is baseball the only sport that uses it? I know it’s used in politics for things like debates or national conventions.  I don’t remember seeing it used in the NFL or NBA. Is there something uniquely American about bunting and therefore it ties it to the American Pasttime. I tried searching the internet for more information about baseball and bunting but was only able to find one article from 2005.

Looks like I’ll need to go through some of my baseball books to see if I can find some more info. I didn’t have time this morning to read through the 136 page rule book from MLB.

According to MLB- a BUNT is a batted ball not swung at, but intentionally met with the bat and tapped slowly within the infield.