How to Play Baseball
Baseball, the great American game, the national pastime of millions. The player is an all-around athlete. The uniform is loose-fitting to allow freedom of movement. The shoes are sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable. The pitcher, or hurler, is the most important man on the team, for pitching demands limber brains and well-coordinated muscles, not only in the throwing arm, but of the entire body, in order to obtain that bullet-like delivery of the ball.
On the opposing team, we have the batter, who carefully selects his favorite stick or bat. The play starts when the batter hits the ball. Strangely enough, however, the pitcher tries to keep the batter from hitting the ball. To accomplish this, the pitcher holds the ball in such a manner as to cause it to curve when thrown. The spitball is also used to further dampen the batter's spirits. The speedball is referred to as the fireball, smoke ball, etc. And now we can fully appreciate that thrill of thrills...the World Series!
The bases are loaded, the pitcher is in an awful spot, and the crowd is going crazy! A half million dollars and the World Series hinge on this pitch.
It's a terrific hit! He literally knocked the horsehide off the old apple. Runner tears for first, and the crowd is going absolutely mad!
Here comes the ball, and it looks like the fielder has it! But he dropped it! There goes a man home! Run and run! It's a race for home plate! Try! Try! This is going to be close!
Well, folks, it's up to the umpire, that impartial pillar of judicial dignity whose word is law.
Free speech, that great American privilege is thoroughly enjoyed by players and spectators alike. That's why the national sport will always be that good old American game—baseball.
- 「取決於、視...而定」- Hinge On
A half million dollars and the World Series hinge on this pitch.