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American English is full of colorful expressions.One such expression is to touch all bases. It comes from sports of baseball.There are four bases in baseball. First, second, and third. The fourth is home plate. Together the bases form a diamond shape. When the baseball player hits the ball, he must run to each base in order and touch with his foot.It is the only way to a point. If the player hits the ball and fail to touch all the bases the point will not be accounted. The important of the touching all the bases was show the start of 1974 baseball season. Hank Aaron was a player with the Atlantic Braves team. He was the the record for hiting the most of the home-run. A home-run is ball that is hit all over the wall.Aaron need just a home-run to euqal the record held by Ruth. The greatest hiter in baseball history.Aaron got that home run the very first time he had chance to hit the ball.He send the ball over the wall that is aroud the playing filed that gaiven him a 714 home-runs,the same as Ben Ruth. After that day baseball fans held their breath every time.It was Hank Aaron's team to hit.When would he hit home-run number 715? The wait was not long.In second week of the season, Aaron again hit ball over the wall.He had beaten Ben Ruth record. But frist he had to run around the four bases.The other players on their team watch carefully to make sure he touch each one.If he did not, the home-run would not have accounted. There would have been not new record,so to touch all bases means to do what is necessary to complete an activity. The expresstion is used in business and politics,no business deal or political campaing is really completed until it discuss all the issues involved. Or as it is said, until your touch all bases even professional diplomaes use this expression as well as others that come from baseball.A diploma are repoting on negotiations with different diplmaes from different counries may says they touch all bases during many hours of talks. This means they explored all issues involved in the situations.Perhaps they did this after expression hope that they could play ball with each other, meaning that they could learn cooperate. Sprots reporters write about fast moving lively events. They must develop a way of writing that goes straight to the point.Their duty is to give the reader a complete picture of the evens in as few words as possible.They must touch all the bases as quickly as their can.
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