Saturday, May 10, 2014

[Photo of the Week] Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Spring is here and that means baseball season is underway in the United States! Many international students may not be familiar with baseball as its not commonly played in many countries around the world. But in the U.S., many families attend baseball games all throughout the week and it is a common cultural experience. So here's a quick guide to understanding how a baseball game works.

  1. Baseball is played on a "diamond" with three bases, home plate, and a pitcher's mound in the middle.
  2. There are nine players: 4 on each plate, 3 outfielders, one shortstop, and the pitcher
  3. The nine players are from the same team and they are catching the ball while the other team hits/bats
  4. Teams switch positions when the batting team gets 3 outs (i.e. strikes, tag out)
  5. You win a point if a player makes it around the diamond and back to the home plate
  6. There are nine innings/rounds and winner with the most points wins

Whew! That seems like a lot of information but just even if you don't fully understand the game yet, just learn the song below and you'll fit right in! "Take me out to the ball game" is the most popular baseball game song and you will be sure to hear it at any baseball game in the U.S. 


Photo was taken by Mirae Baik

Mirae Baik is a Research Associate of the Research and Advisory Services team for World Education Services in New York. She manages WES Student Advisor's webinars and blog. When not helping students, she likes to cross oceans and relax with a great fiction novel. 

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