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  1. Mr. Gator is cheating (sort of) by wearing a prosthetic arm that allows him to make a catch at first earlier than he would if he just used his own arms.

    The joke is that you see a not-very-close play at first, and then learn that the first baseman is cheating. It’s not unlike a joke that the batter is attempting to cheat by using a bat that’s two feet wide. (As seen in a classic Bugs Bunny cartoon, where Bugs is playing baseball against the “Gashouse Gorillas” and one of them chops down a big tree and then cuts a handle in one end of the log.)

  2. In addition to James Pollocks analysis, in the American sporting world, a player who cannot or will not extend his arms fully to complete a play is sad to have “alligator arms”.

  3. Knowing the expression “alligator arms” (but isn’t that football?) I’m guessing the joke is that when alligators *do* extend their arms fully we are surprised to see just how long they really are.

    I guess….

  4. “Alligator arms” also describes someone who can never quite reach their wallet – or the check – in time to pay at mealtime.

  5. If you check the caption at kevinandkell.com, the strip is titled “Alligator arms at first base”. That didn’t mean anything to me, though, since I had never heard the term before.

  6. I have heard the expression applied to a first baseman who doesn’t stretch out to catch a ball to avoid being hit by a runner bearing down on him.

  7. It should be noted, though, that the alligator has bad positioning on the bag. A right-handed first baseman (who wears his glove on his left hand) should plant his right foot on the bag so he can stretch his glove hand as far as he can towards the fielder’s throw.

  8. T-REX HAS SHORT ARM. THIS GROG KNOW VERY WELL.

    ALLIGATOR HAS T-REX ARM. WHICH MAKE SEEM WRONG TO TASTY RABBIT THAT ALLIGATOR CAN CATCH BALL.

  9. “Alligators LOOK slow, but they can go VERY fast when they want to.”

    IN which case, this one is probably underutilized as a first baseman. A “very fast” critter might be a better fit as a shortstop or center fielder. (And, since he’s a right-handed fielder, he’s also slightly limiting the manager’s options by ‘taking up’ one of the positions left-handers on the team could play.)

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