Q: Why was Cinderella so lousy at baseball?
A: Because she ran away from the ball and had a pumpkin for a coach!
Explanation: In the United States, baseball spring training has started in Florida and Arizona so how about a baseball joke?
There is a lot to explain in this joke. To be lousy at something means to be bad at it. In this joke, Cinderella is bad at playing baseball. Why? Because she runs away from the ball.
Ball, here, has two meanings: Ball refers to the baseball in the game of baseball; ball is also the name of a formal dance party. Remember when the clock struck 12:00 midnight and Cinderella had to leave the ball?
Then, there is the coach. In baseball, the coach is the person who leads the team by telling the players what to do and helps them to do it better. Coach is also the word used for the horse-drawn carriage that takes Cinderella to and from the ball. That coach started out as a pumpkin and then became a pumpkin again after midnight.
This joke is funny because it plays with the word ball and the word coach. Did you ever wonder how a baseball is made? Watch this video to find out.