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26. It's baseball season.

 

 

batter

The batter tries to hit the ball.

He's swinging a bat.

 

fielder

The fielder tries to catch the ball.

He's wearing a glove.

 

 

Vocabulary

baseball park: a place where baseball is played

boring: not exciting or interesting

confuse: to cause problems for a person's mind

last: to continue

middle: center

season: a time of the year

soft drink: pop; soda

 

 

It's baseball season. Every year baseball season begins in early spring. The first baseball game of the year is called "opening day." This week, baseball parks around the United States celebrated opening day.

Baseball is a popular sport in North America and in many Latin American countries. It's also popular in Japan. It's a simple sport, but it confuses people who don't know how to play the game.

When people watch baseball, they like to eat hot dogs, popcorn, and pretzels. Baseball fans also drink a lot of soft drinks and beer. Sometimes the game gets boring. Sometimes it's very exciting. It's a fun game to play and to watch.

If you live in the United States, it's a good idea to learn how the game of baseball is played. Many people talk about it. Many people go to baseball games in the spring and the summer. The season begins in the spring and it lasts until the middle of fall. It's a very long season.

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 write by hand How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.

  • 1A: When does baseball season begin?
  • 1B: It begins in the _____________.
  • 2A: What's the first baseball game of the year called?
  • 2B: It's called __________ ___________.
  • 3A: When does the baseball season end?
  • 3B: It ends in the middle of ______________.

   (Answers: 1. spring; 2. opening day; 3. fall)

 

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