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wear one
 v. phr.— «From Day One, you are taught how to send a message to the other team. You work on the beanball.…It’s totally barbaric, and it’s hard to explain, but it is crucial for your hitters to know that you will protect them if the other team starts hitting your guys. No one likes to talk about it, but it is something that has to be done. After you do it, the first guy to tell you thanks is the hitter on your team who had to wear one.» —“The Closer” by Todd Jones Sportin News (St. Louis, Mo.) Sept. 3, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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