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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.
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ride the pine (or bench)

(of an athlete) not participate in a game or event, typically because of poor form. North American informal
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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.
To the lads at East Stirling I would like to thank them for the memories but I've no intention of riding the pine over the next few months.
All the players were soon riding the pine and the incident seemed to fire up the game.
Years ago we admitted a student whose essay, "Riding the Pine," found that no enduring truths came from sitting on the bench for an entire baseball season.
EXTRA TIME FROM AROUND THE GROUNDS Dry and mighty With so much spare time on his hands now he's riding the pine, Leigh Griffiths decided to do his laundry at Pittodrie yesterday and dry his shirts in the searing Aberdeen heat.
I am not so much riding the pine as polishing it but at least I was recalled from the stands.
As the clock ticked down to full time and three more goals were conceded in quick succession, safely riding the pine until the final whistle proved far more appealing than being thrown on.