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Now the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories
Baseball is American’s national sport. So it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has nine players. The pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses it is called a “strike”; if a batter gets three strikes, he loses his team at bat and this is called “out”.
The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases, if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ball park. Such a hit is called a “home run”.
Now here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who threw a curb ball did something unexpected. Someone who steps up to the plate is ready to do his or her job. A pinch hitter takes the place of someone else at a job activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swinging attempted something but failed, we also might tell the person that three strikes and you are out. But someone who hit a “home run” or hit it out of the park did something extremely well.
Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something “right off the bat”. If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is “batting one thousand”. If I say I want to “touch base with you”, I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do.
I might say I “touched all the bases”, if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity and if I covered my bases I was well prepared. However, someone who is way off base did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as “out in left field”.
Let us say I want to sell my car, but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is “in a ball park”. However, if I say we are not “in the same ball park”, I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say “that is a whole new ball game”.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Shelley Gollust. I’m Faith Lapidus.
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Now the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Baseball is America's national sport. So it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first let me explain a little about the game.

Each baseball team has 9 players. The pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses it, it is called a strike. If a batter gets 3 strikes he loses his turn at bat and it's called "out". The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught the batter tries to run to one or more of the 4 bases on the field. The batter can run to all 4 bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark. Such a hit is called a "homerun".

Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is "on the ball" is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who "threw a curve ball" did something unexpected. Someone who "steps up to the plate" is ready to do his or her job. A "pinch hitter" takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who "strikes out" or "goes down swinging" attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that "three strikes and you are out". But someone who "hit a homerun" or "hit it out of the park" did something extremely well.

Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something "right off the bat". If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is "batting one thousand". If I say I want to "touch base with you" I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I "touched all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases" I was well prepared.

However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".

Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are not "in the same ballpark", I mean we cannot agree because my ideas are too different from yours.

Finally when a situation changes completely, we say "That is a whole new ball game."

This VOA Special English words and their stories was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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Now the VOA Special English program, words and their stories.

Baseball is American national sports, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has nine players. The pitcher of one team threw the ball to the batter of another team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses, it is called a "strike". If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at bat and is called "out". The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and a approaching player catches it. But if the batter hit the ball, and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases. If he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark, such a hit is called a "home run".

Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is "on the ball" is intelligent and able to do good job. But a person who "threw a curveball" did something unexpected. Someone who "stepped up to the plate" is ready to do his or her job. A pitch hitter takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who "strikes out" or "goes down swinging" attempts something but failed. We also might tell the person that "three strikes and you are out". But someone who "hit a home run" or "hit it out of the park" did something extremely well. Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something "right off the bat". If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is "batting one thousand".

If I say I want to "touch base off you", I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I "touched all the bases" if I did what is necessary to accomplish a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases" I was well prepared. However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong, or even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out of left field". Let us say I want to sell my car, but I do not know exactly how much it worth, if someone asks me its price, I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say "the amount is in the ballpark." However, if I say we are not "in the same ballpark", I mean we can not agree because my idea is too different from yours. By the way, when a situation changes completely, we say "that is a whole new ball game".

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Baseball is American’s national sport, so it is not unusually that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game.

Each team has nine players, the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at bat and it called out. The batter also is out if the batter hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catch it, but if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark, such a hit is called a “homerun”.

Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is “on the bal”l is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who “threw a curve ball” did something unexpected. Someone who “steps up to the plate” is ready to do his or her job. A pinch hitter takes the place or someone else at a job or activity.

A person who “strikes out” or “goes down swinging” attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that “three strikes and you are out”. But someone who “hit a homerun” or “hit it out of the park” did something extremely well.

Sometime I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something “right of the bat”. If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is “batting one thousand”. If I say I want to “touch base with you" I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I "touch all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases" I was well prepared.

However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".

Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are not "in the same ballpark", I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say "That is a whole new ball game."

This VOA Special English Words and Their Stories, was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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Now the VOA Special English program, words and their stories.
Baseball is American’s national sport, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game.

Each baseball team has nine players, the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at that and it is called out. The batter also is out if the batter hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it, but if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark, such a hit is called a “home run”.
Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is “on the ball”l is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who “threw a curve ball” did something unexpected. Someone who “steps up to the plate” is ready to do his or her job. A pinch hitter takes the place of someone else at a job or activity.

A person who “strikes out” or “goes down swinging” attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that “three strikes and you are out”. But someone who “hit a home run” or “hit it out of the park” did something extremely well.

Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something “right off the bat”. If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is “batting one thousand”. If I say I want to “touch base with you" I will talk to you from time to time about something we planned to do. I might say I "touch all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases" I was well prepared.

However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".

Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me the amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are not "in the same ballpark", I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say "That is a whole new ball game."

This VOA Special English Words and Their Stories, was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus.

pinch hitter: 代替者
curve ball:(棒球)曲线球
home run:[棒]本垒打
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Now the VOA SE program words and their stories.
Baseball is America’s national sport, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team have nine players. the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter get 3 strikes he looses his turn at bat and is called “out”. The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught; The batter tries to run to one or more of the 4 bases on the field. The batter can run to all 4 bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ball park. Such a hit is called a homerun
Now here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who threw a curve ball did something unexpected. Someone who steps up to the plate is ready to do his or her job. A pitch hitter takes the place of someone else at job or activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swinging attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that 3 strikes and you are out. But someone who hit a homerun or hit it out of park did something extremely well. Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something right off the bat. If someone is doing an extremely good job and it is very successful you may say he or she is bating one thousand. If I say I want to touch base with you I will talk you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I touch all the bases if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I covered my bases I would well prepared. However, someone who is way off base did something wrong or maybe even dishonest it or immoral. A person with stranger ideas might be described as out in left field. Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not known exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the prize I might give a ball park figure or a ball park estimate. If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price. I might say the amount is in the ball park. However if I say we are not in the same ball park I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different for yours.
Finally when the situation changes completely we say that is a whole new ball game.
This VOA SE program words and their stories, was written by Shelly Gollust. I am Faith Lapidus.
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Baseball is Americans' national sport ,so it is not unusual that many popular expression come from baseball .But first let me explain a little about the game.

Each baseball team has nine players .The pitcher of one team throw the ball to a bater from the other team .The bater attempa to hit the ball .If he misses ,it's called a strike .If the bater gets 3 strikes ,he loses his turn to bat and it is called out .The bater also is out if he hits the ball in the air and the posing player catches it .But if the bater hits the ball and it is not caught ,the bater tries to run to one or more of the four bases .The bater can run to all 4 bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ball park .Such a hit is called home run.

Now here are some common expressions from the baseball .Someone who is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job .But the person through a curved ball did sth unexpected .Someone who steps up the play is ready to do his or her job .A picth hiter takes place of someone else at the job or activity .A person who strikes out or goes down swinging attemped sth. but failed .We also might tell other person 3 strikes and you are out.But someone who hits the homerun or out the park did extremely well.Sometimes i have to give information quickly without time to think it over .Then I will say sth right of the bat.If someone is doing extremely good job and is successful ,u might say he or she is bating 1 thousand.If I say I want to touch base with u,I will talk to u from time to time about sth we plan to do.I might say I touched all the bases if I did what is neccessary to complete a job or activity.And if I covered my bases I was well prepaired.However,someone who is away off base did sth wrong or maybe even is dishonist or immoral.A person with strange ideas might be described as outing left field.Let us say I want to sell my car,but I do not know exactly how much it is worth.If someone asks me the price,I might give a ball park figure or a ball park estimate.If someone offers the amount that is close to my selling price,I might say the price is in the ball park.However,if i say we r not in the same ball park,I mean we can not agree because my ideas r too different from urs.Finally,when the situation changs completely,we say that it is a whole new ball game.

this voa special English program words & their stories was written by Shelley Gollust.I’m Faith Lapitude.
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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories. Baseball is an American international sport, so it is unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first let me explain a little about the game , each baseball team has nine players, the pitcher one team throw the ball to a batter from the other team, the batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a “strike”, if a batter get three “strike”, he loses his turn bat and is called “out”. The batter also out if he hit the ball in the air, and an opposing player catch it , but if the batter hit the ball and it is not be caught, the batter tries to run, or run or more of the four bases on the field. The batter keep run to four bases, if he hit the ball over the fence or out the ballpark, such a hit is called “a whole run”.

Now, here are some common expressions from baseball, someone who is on the ball, is intelligent, and able to do a good job. But a person who threw a curveball is deed something unexpected, someone who steep upon the plate is ready to his or her job, a pitch hitter take the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swimming, attempted something but failed, we also might tell the person that three strikes and you are out, but someone who hit a whole run or hitted out the park, did something extremely well, sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over, then I would say something right off the bat, if someone is doing an extremely good job, and is very successful, you might say he or she is batting one thousand.

If I say I want to touch base with you ,I will talk to you from time to time about something we planned to do, I might say I touch all the bases, if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity, and if I covered my bases, I was well prepared. However, someone who is way out the bases, did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral, a person with strange ideas, might be described as “out in left field”.

Let us say I want to sell my car, but I do not know exactly how much is it work, if someone asks me the price, I might give a ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate, if someone offers me an amount that is close to my price, I might say the amount is in the ballpark, however if I say we are not in the same ballpark, I mean we can not agree, because my ideas are too different from yours, finally when the situation changes completely, you say that is a whole new ballgame.
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Now the VOA SPECIAL ENGLISH program, words and their stories.

Baseball is American’s national sport, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has nine players, the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter get three strikes, he loses his turn and its called out. The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and opposite team player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball, and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence, or out of the ball park, such a hit is called a home run.

Now here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job, but a person who threw a curve ball did something unexpected. Someone who step up to the plate is ready to do his or her job. A pinch hitter takes the place of someone else at the job or activity. A person who strike out or goes down** attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that three strikes, and you are out. But someone who hit the whole run or hit it out of the park did something extremely well. Sometime I have to give information quickly without time to think it over, then I will say something right of the batter. If someone is doing an extremely good job, and it is very successful, you might say he or she is batting one thousand. If I say I want to touch base with you, I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do, I might say I touch all the bases if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I cover my bases, I was well prepared. However, someone who is wait off base did something wrong, maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as outing left field. Let us say, I want to sale my car, but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I like to give a ball park figure or a ball park * . If someone offers me amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is in the ball park. how ever if I say we are not in the same ball park, I mean we can not agree, because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally, when the situation change completely, we say, that is a whole new ball game.
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Now the VOA special English programmed words and their stories.
Baseball is American national sport. So it is not usual, that many popularexpression comes from baseball
But first let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has 9 players. The pitcher of one team throw the ball to a batter from the other team .the batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses is called strike. If a batter get three strikes and he loses his turn of back and this is called out. The batter also out if he throws the balls in the air and if a person player catches it. If the batter hit the ball but not caught it. The batter try to run one or more of the foul bases on the field. The batter can run two or four bases, if he hits the balls over the fairs or out of the ball part. Such a hit called home around.
Now here are some common explanations from baseball .someone who is on the ball is it a telligence and able to do a good job. But a person who throw a cove ball did something unexpected. Someone who stands up some place is ready to do his or her job. A pitch holder takes place and someone else at the job breaktivty .a person who is strikeout or goes down swing attempt to do something but failed. We also might attempt to tell somebody three strike and you are out .someone hit home around or hit out of the pack. Did something extremely well. Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something right off the back. If someone doing an extremely good job. And it is very successful. It might say he or she battering one thousand. If I say touch base with you. I would talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I touch all bases .if I didn’t necessary to complete a job and activity. If I covered my bases .I was well prepared .someone who is way of the bases did something wrong. May be something dishonor and immoral. If someone has a strange idea may be described as out of left filed
Let us say I want to sell my car. But I do not know exactly how much does it worth. If someone ask for the priI might gave a ball parked figure or a ball park attistment. If someone offer me the in the amount to my selling price. The amount was in the ball park. however ,we not say in the same ball parked. , we can’t agree, because my idea is too different from yours. Finally, when a situation changes completely. That is a whole new ball game.

That is the VOA special English programmed words and their stories were written by shell batten.
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Baseball is America's national sport. So it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has nine players. The pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses, it is called a "strike". If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at bat and is called "out".

The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it's not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark. Such a hit is called a "home run".

Now here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is "on the ball" is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who "threw a curveball" did something unexpected. Someone who "steps up to the plate" is ready to his or her job. "A pinch hitter” takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who "strikes out" or "goes down swinging" attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that "three strikes and you are out". But someone who "hit a home run" or "hit it out of the park" did something extremely well.

Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something "right off the bat". If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is "batting one thousand". If I say I want to "touch base with you", I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say "I touched all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases", I was well prepared. However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".

Let us say I want to sell my car. But I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are "not in the same ballpark", I mean we cannot agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally, when a situation changes completely, we say that is a "whole new ball game".

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.

Baseball is America's national sport. So it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has nine players. The pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses, it is called a "strike". If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at bat and is called "out".

The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it's not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark. Such a hit is called a "home run".

Now here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is "on the ball" is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who "threw a curveball" did something unexpected. Someone who "steps up to the plate" is ready to his or her job. "A pinch hitter” takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who "strikes out" or "goes down swinging" attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that "three strikes and you are out". But someone who "hit a home run" or "hit it out of the park" did something extremely well.

Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something "right off the bat". If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is "batting one thousand". If I say I want to "touch base with you", I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say "I touched all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases", I was well prepared. However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".

Let us say I want to sell my car. But I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are "not in the same ballpark", I mean we cannot agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally, when a situation changes completely, we say that is a "whole new ball game".

This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by Shelley Gaullist. I'm Faith Lepidus.
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Now,the VOA special English program “WORDS AND THEIR STORES”.
Baseball is a America’s national sport.So it is not unusuall that many popular expressions come from baseball.But first let me explian a little about the game.each baseball team has nine players.The pitcher of one team throw the ball to a batter from the other team.The batter attempt s to hit the ball.If he misses, it is called a strike.If a batter gets three strikes.He loses his turn a bat and is called “OUT”.The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an aposing player catches it.But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field.the batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ball park.Such a hit is called a home run.
Now here are some common expressions from baseball.Someone who is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job.But a person who throw a curl ball did something unexpected.Someone who steps up to the plate is ready to do his\her job. A pinch hitter takes the place of someone else at a job or activity.A person who strike out or goes down swinging attempt something but failed.We also might tell the person that three strikes and you are out.But someone who hit a home run hit it out of the park did something extremely well.
Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over.Then I would say something right of the bat.If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful.You might say he\she is batting one thousand.If I say I want to touch base with you,I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do.I might say I touched all the bases if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity.And if I covered my bases,I was well prepared.However someone who is way off base did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or inmoral.A person with strange ideas might be described as outing in the left field.Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth.If someone asks me the price,I might give a ball park figer or a ball park estimate.If someone offers me a amount that is close to my felling price,I might say the amount is in the ball park.However,if I say we are not in the same ball park,I mean we can not agree because my idea is too different form yours.Finally, when the situation changes completely,we say that is a whole new ball game.
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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and their Stories.

Baseball is American national sport, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first let me explain a little about the game.

Each baseball team has 9 players. The pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter gets three strikes he looses his term batter and it is called out. The batter also is out if he hit ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four of bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hit the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark. Such a hit is called homerun.

Now here are some common expressions from baseball, someone is on the ball is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who threw a curveball did something are expected. Someone who “steps up to the plate” is ready to do his or her job. A pitch hitter takes the place of someone else at the job and activity. A person who “strikes out” or “goes down swinging” attempt to something but failed. We also might tell the person that three strikes and you are out. But someone who hit a homerun or hit it out of the park, did something extremely well.

Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time think it over. Then I would say something “right off the bat”. If someone is doing un-extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is batting one thousand. If I say I want to touch base with you, I will talk to you from time to time about something we planned to do. I might say I touch the all bases if I did what is the necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I cover my bases I was well prepared. However, someone who is way off base, did something wrong, or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as “out of left field”.

Let to see I want to sell my park but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I might give a ballpark figure or ballpark estimate. If someone offers me in amount that close to my selling price I might say the amount is in the ballpark. However, if I say we are not in the see ballpark, I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when the situation changed completely we say that is a whole new ballgame.

This VOA Special English Program Words and their Stories was written by Shirley Gollust. I am Faith Lapidus.
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Now the VOA Special English program Words and their Stories.
Baseball is American’s national sport, so it is not unusually that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game.
Each team has nine players, the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter gets three strikes, he loses his turn at bat and it called out. The batter also is out if the batter hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catch it, but if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the four bases on the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark, such a hit is called a “homerun”.
Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is "on the ball" is intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who “threw a curve ball” did something unexpected. Someone who “steps up to the plate” is ready to do his or her job. A pinch hitter takes the place or someone else at a job or activity.
A person who “strikes out” or “goes down swinging” attempted something but failed. We also might tell the person that “three strikes and you are out”. But someone who “hit a homerun” or “hit it out of the park” did something extremely well.
Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something “right of the bat”. If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is “batting one thousand”. If I say I want to “touch base with you" I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I "touch all the bases" if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I "covered my bases" I was well prepared.
However, someone who is "way off base" did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as "out in left field".
Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I might give a "ballpark figure" or a "ballpark estimate". If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is "in the ballpark". However, if I say we are not "in the same ballpark", I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say "That is a whole new ball game."

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