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- n. A fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track.
The sport is highly telegenic, and has great cyber-possibilities: it's full of railbird chatter, and handicappers analyze more downloadable data than fantasy-baseball practitioners do.
In the course of a mini-monologue, Zito can sound like a railbird who was one unlucky break from cashing a big ticket.
This word has the extended meaning of someone watching from ‘outside the rail.’