Playing baseball for the first time

As a British citizen who recently transferred to the United States I’ve had a lot of fun throwing myself into American culture. Thanks to my new friends at the travel agency I’ve discovered that I really enjoy fishing, and they’ve promised to take me hunting when the season starts. I might even get to go on an overnight trip, which means I also get to go camping for the first time in the states. While I still can’t get used to American Football I do enjoy watching soccer and tennis matches and this brings me to my new passion, baseball.

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Baseball is a true American sport, and I even followed the World Series when I still lived overseas. It is a game that makes sense to me, unlike Americanized football which I still think is poorly named. Why name a game “football” when there is only one or two players on a team kicking the “old pigskin”? Anyways, my friends at work are part of a baseball team and recently they invited me to play. I can’t tell you how excited I was, and even a little honored.

Thankfully the game was just for fun, since this is my first time playing. I also didn’t realize just how much equipment was needed. I must say I am glad a friend convinced me to run out after work and buy a protective cup since I think this was also the pitcher’s first time throwing a ball.

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My teammates stuck my in the far outfield, they claimed for my safety. Since there was very little action that far away from the bases, I think it was to also minimize the risk of my missing a hit that would allow the other team to win. Even though I didn’t get to make an amazing game winning catch, I saw plenty of action when I was up to bat. One of the things that I love about this sport is that everyone on the team gets a turn swinging a bat.

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wel3I admit that the first two times I was up to bat I struck out, except for the ball that hit me. Then I got to go to first base. Since the next two batters struck out, I never made it past first base until we got to the last inning in the game. On my last turn batting I managed to hit the ball, hard. It actually flew past the baseline. The excitement and exhilaration of running around the bases is indescribable, even though I only made it to third. While my team ended up losing by one run I am now hooked on baseball and can’t wait until we play again next weekend, especially since I just bought a pair of batting gloves and some cool shin pads. I’m dying to try out.


About Me

Hello there! My name is Dan Oliver, and I’m a British citizen who has recently relocated to the United States. I’m a travel assistant, and I’ve always been keen on the idea of continuing my career. I now work for a travel agency in Denver.

welcome1I have decided to start a blog because I wanted to document my experiences about adapting to my new life in the United States. Every day, I discover new things, some of which I like and some of which I don’t. While I did suffer some minor shocks at the beginning of my adventure, I have to say that I like living among US citizens because they are friendly and easy-going. Some of my colleagues helped me settle in. One of the first things that I noticed is that Americans don’t eat like Europeans. The local cuisine is packed with specialties that I still have to try, and the neat thing about it is that I’m open to new experiences. I know it might be less healthy, but once in a while I even like to try a new burger place or just a fast-food joint where I can get my carb and protein kick at the same time.

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: The line of scrimmage is seen between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

It’s no wonder that so many British people choose to live in the United States. Professionally and personally, my life couldn’t be better right now. I have a decent income that I can use to go out once in a while or even try my best at fishing. I have become fast friends with several of my colleagues and they’re passionate about fishing and hunting so that they might take me on their expeditions sooner or later. One thing I’ve noticed about the American culture is that it’s partly focused on sports. I’m not a big fan of American football but I do like a tennis match from time to time, and I’m trying to learn the basics of baseball. It can be rather daunting for a foreigner to understand the rules of this kind of sport.

American English is intuitive and user-friendly, and most of the words are extremely logical, which is why I have no issue understanding Americans. I know both the British and the Americans have their own slang, but given the openness of the European culture toward US movies and TV productions, I really have no problem communicating with the ones around me.

In short, I hope you will enjoy my adventures as I document them on my blog. Wishing you all the best!

PS If you’re interested about what other people had to say about adapting to life in the states, you should check out this post. I can’t say that I agree with it, but some of the points seem well documented.