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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 get three strikes, he loses his turn in a bat and it is called "out". The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catchs 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 basis the field. The batter can run to all the four basis. If he hits the ball over the fense or out of the ball park, 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 is able to do a good job. But a person who "throw 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 whole 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 the job or activity. And if I "covered my bases", I was well prepared. However someone is "well off based" did something wrong or maybe is even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be discribed 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 asked the price 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 from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say that is "a whole new ball game".
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