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Offline longman3575

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jammed it on backwards
« on: August 12, 2013, 02:16:12 am »
What's the meaning of the underlined part? Would you paraphrase it?

Heinrich's son, young Lou Gehrig, learned about famous baseball players by collecting the glossy gray baseball cards that came in packages of his father's favorite cereal. Like most of the children who used broomsticks for bats and rags for bases, he indulged the dream of becoming a professional athlete, even though he showed few natural abilities. He was slow on the bases and even slower to learn. "Some ballplayers have natural born ability," he once said. "I wasn't one of them." The fact that he threw left-handed made him something of a misfit, too, because no one in his neighborhood owned a left-hander's glove. When Heinrich finally bought his son a mitt one year for Christmas, he bought it for the wrong hand. He never considered that a left-handed boy would need a mitt for his right hand. Gehrig jammed it on backwards and used it as best he could.

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Re: jammed it on backwards
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 07:55:03 am »
It was not easy to push it on to his left hand (it was a right hand glove) but he pushed it on hard and used it as well as possible.
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Re: jammed it on backwards
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013, 08:16:03 am »
Most simple gloves, e.g. those latex household or medical gloves, can be put on either hand because they are "flat", two-dimensional, with the thumb strictly to the side. But consider more elaborate gloves like a catcher's glove in baseball. If you put that on the wrong hand you have it on backwards, i.e. the inner face on the back of your hand. That means a catcher's glove for a left-handed person needs to be manufactured as a mirror image.
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