I’ll admit that I hadn’t thought about the origin of the term “bullpen” before today. So I guess, in that regard, PETA landed a win with its World Series off-day plea.
But, no, I don’t think I’ll be doing this:
“Bullpen” refers to the area of a “bull’s pen” where bulls are held before they are slaughtered—it’s a word with speciesist roots & we can do better than that.
Switching to “arm barn” would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals 💪⚾️ pic.twitter.com/2FzSpDG9mQ
— Arm Barn (@peta) October 28, 2021
Although “arm barn” does sound kinda funny, I’m not really on board with the way PETA winds up trivializing the very cause it intends to support (i.e., look, treating animals well is a perfectly noble cause, but when you do ridiculous stuff like this, you are not going to get people on board with the underlying message). So, like I said, no, I won’t be changing my reference.
Anyone else got any ideas for what else to call the bullpen, though, while we’re on the topic?