ride the pine

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ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. I'm not going to play next year if coach makes me ride the pine again this season. I rode the pine for the rest of the game after I pulled my hamstring sliding to first base.
See also: pine, ride
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A case in point is Worcester Polytechnic Institute sophomore Jeffrey Robinson, who transferred to the Engineers after spending last season riding the pine with Division 2 Stonehill.
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I am not so much riding the pine as polishing it but at least I was recalled from the stands.
All the players were soon riding the pine and the incident seemed to fire up the game.
A certain Taft High of Woodland Hills grad, riding the pine while hitting about a buck-fifty, was explaining to the Boston Globe why it ain't no fun these days to be razzed by the fans of the Japanese League's Yomiuri Giants when he could have stayed with the Red Sox as a fourth outfielder.