Definition of ride the pine in English:

ride the pine


(also ride the bench)
informal North American
  • (of an athlete) sit on the sidelines rather than participate in a game or event.

    • ‘what really bugged him was riding the pine’
    • ‘A deeper team roster has been added for each squad, boosting the number of available players that ride the pine to twenty athletes.’
    • ‘As a result, the decision of who goes north with the big-league club, who rides the bench and who gets to ride the buses in the minors has become more complex.’
    • ‘He wound up riding the bench for the Crew in the U.S. Open Cup final when Mark Dougherty was sidelined with a knee injury.’
    • ‘If Leftwich and Boller sit, that could be a lot of money tied up riding the pine, and that fact helps the rookies' chances.’
    • ‘He came to L.A. as an all-star guard, rode the bench through the team's title run, then quickly and quietly faded away.’
    • ‘Dilfer rode the bench behind Tony Banks for most of the season before getting his first start a week ago.’
    • ‘The captain of the injured reserve squad picked up right where he left off last season, riding the pine.’
    • ‘Another player who left the Giants as a free agent and has not prospered, Cornelia was supposed to cure what had ailed the Titans' running game, but he barely was a factor early on and wound up riding the bench more than anticipated.’
    • ‘After riding the bench with Tampa Bay and Cleveland, he was given a chance to play every day and ran with the opportunity.’
    • ‘He has speed and defense on his side, but riding the bench surely won't help him develop as a hitter.’