No Hitter/Perfect Game- In baseball, a no hitter occurs when a pitcher(s) is able to finish a game not allowing any hits to the opposing team. Quite a celebrated feat, the no-hitter also can be classified as a perfect game. A perfect game not only features zero hits allowed, but also no batters reach base by any method. Quite simply, only 27 batters are faced in a game. So how does this apply to beer drinking?
No Hitter- Let's say you are out trying beers with some friends for the day or weekend. A no-hitter equivalent would be if you were able to try a new beer on every order. No beers repeated, especially over the course of numerous bar visits is not always possible and a tough feat to replicate.
Perfect Game- Since the perfect game is a more exclusive subset of the no hitter, so is it's beer analog. Consider the example above. If a patron was able to not only repeat any beers on his trip, but also have new beers he has never tried before, this would truly be a perfect weekend of beer sampling. The odds of repeating such feat become more and more stacked against you as you grow in your beer literacy.
GIDP- In baseball this stands for grounding into a double play. When a batter does this he creates two of the three three outs in an inning and this is a sure momentum killer. Pull this one off and most of the time the inning is over. A similar phenomenon can occur at your favorite bar. Picture this situation. You and some friends decide to try out a new bar after work, You arrive, score a table and end up with a good waitress. She is knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and helps you start your evening with some great beer recommendations. At this point the evening is going well and you can be confident that you will receive good service for the remainder of your stay.
Along comes your buddy, stepping to the proverbial plate and joining your table. Now we all know this type of guy. To maintain anonymity, let's call him Guy R. Guy R. has an uncanny knack for rubbing waitstaff the wrong way and has no idea why. Maybe it's his creepy attempts at humor. Other times it may be unintentional sarcastic comments or feeble attempts at witty banter that are condescending. To make it worse, he insists on addressing the waitress by name, incessantly, further adding to the condescending tone he puts out. So on this night, when the waitress approaches Guy R., the song remains the same. Everything he says manages to strike a nerve and your once attentive beer concierge is now nowhere to be found. Sometimes you can recover and save the night but most of the time it's best to pay on and move to the next venue.
Blown Save- A pitcher in baseball who is winning a game but unable to finish, will be succeeded by a relief pitcher. If this pitcher is successful in keeping the lead is credited with a save. A save preserves the win for the pitcher and results in a win for the team. However, there are times when the reliever gives up the lead causing the team to lose and hence blowing the save.
This can happen in a flash at a bar as well. In this situation consider a trip to the bar on an early Saturday evening with your friends. You get there early to beat the crowd and are able to land a few prime spots at the bar. Clearly this was a good move. You have access to the bartender, and may have even established some rapport with the other patrons. As the place fills up your seats are looking better and better as you are established in a prime spot and able to continue getting drinks easily. Just like in a baseball game, things can unravel quickly. One of your friends decides that now would be an opportune to relieve some gas. A risky move in any environment, this can surely backfire in a crowded bar. This time his gamble did not work and everyone is aware of the offensive owner and it's general location. Just like that you went from a winning situation to one where the bartender and other patrons are giving your party dirty looks. Just like a losing pitcher, the best move is to pay out, leave the establishment, and tell your stinky friend to hit the showers.
Sacrifice- In baseball a sacrifice occurs when a batter hits a ball that results in an out, but at the same time advances a runner allowing him to score. While not as good as a hit, a sacrifice benefits the team and is a positive occurrence. Sacrifice plays occur while out drinking as well. Suppose you are out enjoying some beverages and one of your friends has gotten too festive. You can see it happening and know this is leading down a bad path as your buddy starts to redline his blood alcohol odometer. Acting quickly, you order up a sandwich or an appetizer to place in front of your buddy hoping to slow his drinking and bring him back down to earth. While of no direct benefit to you, a well placed sacrifice can save your evening and benefit the whole party.
**FULL DISCLOSURE** I may have been, "that guy" at one time or another