Used allusively to designate the world of baseball, often with reference to a particular team and the disappointment felt after an unexpected loss.‘the Astros aren't exactly the Yankees, and the unbridled joy here in Mudville South was short-lived’
- ‘The punch is gone; there'll be no joy in Mudville; the game is no longer relevant, it's no longer popping.’
- ‘But there is no joy in Mudville: mighty Casey has struck out.’
- ‘Emboldened by the luck of facing a baseball team from Boston in a championship, Mudville anticipates certain victory.’
- ‘Joy returned to Mudville on a muggy Saturday night, perhaps only briefly, considering the lingering problems this Astros club must address.’
- ‘That's the MacDougall Tartan over Mudville today.’
- ‘But never fear, here in Mudville we always look on the bright side of life.’
The name of a fictional town in E. L. Thayer's poem ‘Casey at the Bat’ (1888), which features the defeat of its baseball team.