Jack Needs A Metaphor Coach
When asked about Milton Bradley’s role on the 2011 Mariners, given his previous problems with Eric Wedge in Cleveland, Jack Z said this:
“That’s water over the dam,” he said. “That was several years ago. He and Eric talked since Eric got the job. They are both grown men. They are both pros. They will turn the page and move on and play baseball.”
Jack, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but water going over a dam… that means there’s flooding, the whole structure is about to break, and things are about to get real bad, real quick. What you were looking for is water under the bridge, which refers to something that is in the past and no longer relevant.
Of course, if Milton’s still got his infamous t-shirt around, water over the dam might be a more accurate projection of how this could go…
Update: Apparently, water over a dam is a synonymous idiom to water under the bridge. Apparently, I’m an idiot. Carry on, Jack.