An allusion to taking one's turn at bat in baseball.
step up to the plate
- (chiefly US, idiomatic) To initiate action; to assume a responsibility.
- 2008, Beth Stackpole, "The IT pro's vacation planner," Computerworld, 12 Jun. (retrieved 26 June 2008):
- Surround yourself with good people who can reliably step up to the plate and solve problems when they occur.