When an Aussie schoolteacher takes a bunch of kids to play American baseball...

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  1. jdel77

    jdel77 Silver Supporting Member

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    So last week I got asked to take nine 11th Grade lads to an interschool Baseball game.
    I'm a high school teacher so I figured 'why not'? Day out etc...etc...
    I know next to nothing about baseball. Pretty much my entire knowledge base comes from Seinfeld (George's job) and that Simpson's episode where Burns gets that bloke to shave his sideburns down to nothing.

    What a cool game! We got completely trounced 30-1 but it was awesome. 1 kid hit a homerun, man the excitement of him just getting from base to base was great!
    Caught a few out. The other team had national and state reps, our guys had never played one game. Good fun!

    I gotta get into this game. Who are the legends, the gamechangers? Any classic rivalries, standout plays or clips I should check out?
     
  2. Dereksslide

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    My only tip is don't try and follow the teams and players etc. Not being part of it in the US it's almost impossible to follow who is good, trades, feeder teams etc. Just pick a team and follow the results.

    As always, wikipedia will give you a good grounding and provide multiple links to click and read.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball
     
  3. jdel77

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    Wuh...Wikipedia???!!! 1
    Man, I'm here for opinions, not the facts!

    Seriously though, I do appreciate the tips :)
     
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    Understanding the game is key to understanding the great plays, it's much more tactical than you'd think. Think cricket but not as boring ;)
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/Baseball-Burns-Includes-Tenth-Inning/dp/B003S1UNZU
    only 1380 minutes! :) might be on youtube, though.

    its slow and difficult to explain to foreigners. it also has over a century of history. so it'll take a while, whatever you decide to do. best advice: listen to vin scully. this isn't much of an intro, but it'll give you a few things to look up. the immersive, languid, meandering quality is a big part of it. its nothing like football or rugby in that regard.

     
  6. saltydogg

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    Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle (also see Roger Maris), Pete "ahem..." Rose, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, Lou Gehrig, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter...

    Pitchers: Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson, Whitey Ford, Greg Maddux, Bob Gibson.

    These are just a handful. Baseball can be like a chess-game, but you wear cleats.
     
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    saltydogg Rock & Roll Enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Another great ball player: Ichiro Suzuki
     
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    If you're really interested, find a copy of Ken Burns' documentary. You'll learn a lot about the history of the game, some of the big early personalities, and if you're like me, it will increase your appreciation of the game.
     
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    ...available on streaming Netflix, 11 episodes, 2 hours each.
     
  10. CyberFerret

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    I am sure there is a Youtube clip with "American explaining Baseball to an Australian" that is along the lines of this "Australian explaining Cricket to an American" ones... ??? :D

     
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    Follow the MLB website and watch the highlights etc....


    Baseball Hall of Fame



    THe most famous teams in this country are teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Saint Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodger, San Francisco Giants

    My team is the Houston Astros.. we haven't been good in a while, but we are getting better.


    Its a great sport. There have been a few Aussies make the major leagues, so you can research that also.

    Cheers.

    Bryan
     
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    The history of baseball changed when Jackie Robinson was signed. That alone is a tremendous story from many perspectives.
     
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    There have been a number of Australian players in Major League Baseball. Not sure if there's a current one, but there's often one or two playing at any given time. It seems that Grant Balfour isn't on the Tampa Bay Rays roster any more, he was recently. (Edit: I see he was just "designated for assignment" which pretty much means they're getting rid of him, at his age of 37. But he was in the league for several years.) There are several playing in the minor leagues.
     
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    The Philadelphia Phillies are the greatest team of all time.

    You need to know Jim Bunning, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay (who never pitched for any other team).

    Chase Utley is referred to colloquially as "God"

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    The Phillies have won 43 World Series titles.

    They are unmatched. When people refer to "the Pinstripes", it's the red ones in the Phils' uniforms.

    That's all you'll ever need to know.

    Also, I'm on heavy, heavy narcotics.

    (Though the Chase part is true).
     
  15. mcknigs

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    As far as standout plays/clips are concerned, there's this:

     
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    Just remember two things:

    Hank Aaron >> Barry Bonds

    and Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.
     
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    Oh man, this made me laugh so hard!!

    OP, the Ken Burns documentary is your best bet. Baseball is an old game with a hell of a history. Our city's team, the Phillies, goes back to 1883. Kinda crazy to think about.
     
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    Red Sox-Yankees is one of the great baseball rivalries. Check out the story of Babe Ruth and the "Curse of the bambino." Also there are some great baseball movies out there...The Natural, Field of Dreams, 42, to name a few...check 'em out. The height of baseball magic, imo, is actually going to an mlb game. Especially in a classic, original park like Fenway Park. Walking through that concourse tunnel and seeing that field open up in front of you, all lit up, the green, the stands...you never forget it.
     
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    Josh Hamilton is one of the best op!


    BTW most are cheaters using PEDs...but it's still a great game


    Re-remember - Barry Bonds and Pete Rose are POSs
     
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    shouldn't it be PsOS?
     

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