It is even lamer for the Department of Transport to talk of the pounds 10bn as a "ball-park
" figure and say that no final decision has been made yet.
"Take me out to the ball-park
" takes on a new twist in San Francisco.
"Bowman is roughly in the right ball-park
, but he has not done a thorough analysis of the data," says NASA's Robert Watson.
Nothing would do this city better than an occasional afternoon at the ball-park
. Baseball, moreover, is a game in which each side and each player gets a fair turn at bar, making it a refreshing counterpoint to the access game lobbyists play on Capitol Hill.