Baseball / Cricket as explained to a foreign visitor


The Day the Earth Stood Still – almost

Definitely not the magnitude of the World Cup where time seems to stop for matches at all hours of the day and night depending on where and/or who you might be watching, but, it somehow seems appropriate to turn our attention (along with much of North America) on the World Series and the great game of baseball beginning tonight between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants.

For those that look at this predominantly North American game and think “why is this called the World Series, when two U.S. teams seem to always play each other”, it just is. No one associated with the game has ever really done a good job of explaining why other than that’s what it’s always been called.

Baseball explained to the rest of the world

Pretty simple, really. The great New York Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, said it best when he so eloquently said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical“. How can you argue with that logic. With that, this should help as you tune in tonight wherever you might be….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

Cricket explained to the rest of the world

So that American’s aren’t left out, here’s a relatively similar visual explanation of the great game of Cricket as explained to a foreign visitor. After watching, I think Baseball and Cricket are the same game, one just lasts 3 hours and seems like it lasts several days and the other actually does last several days. You decide….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNdCnkKhitI

  • bg

    The explanation for why it’s called the “World Series” is actually pretty anticlimactic. It started in 1903, and back then it really was the world championship, and people just kept calling it that.