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Subject: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/06/06 at 6:11 pm

I have always wondered this from a more personal view, as I know cricket is kinda 'your' baseball, but being that our version is definetly different - each is based on similiar principals.

So, being from "across the pond," what do you think of our baseball?

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Bobby on 05/06/06 at 6:26 pm

Most people in Britain think of football (soccer) as your 'American Football' and cricket as your baseball.

I personally think that baseball is just an elaborate commercialised game of what I used to call 'Rounders'. I view both cricket and rounders (baseball) as boring but that is just one point of view and not to be taken generally.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/06/06 at 6:29 pm


Most people in Britain think of football (soccer) as your 'American Football' and cricket as your baseball.

I personally think that baseball is just an elaborate commercialised game of what I used to call 'Rounders'. I view both cricket and rounders (baseball) as boring but that is just one point of view and not to be taken generally.


It's cool. I agree that Baseball can be kinda boring to a degree. It generally is not the most exciting of games, but to me it's exciting in it's strategy. I guess I feel the same about golf. It can be quite a passive game as an onlooker, but just watching the strategy of it is what keeps you on your toes. 

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Sister Morphine on 05/06/06 at 6:35 pm


It's cool. I agree that Baseball can be kinda boring to a degree. It generally is not the most exciting of games, but to me it's exciting in it's strategy. I guess I feel the same about golf. It can be quite a passive game as an onlooker, but just watching the strategy of it is what keeps you on your toes. 



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Blasphemy!

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: nally on 05/06/06 at 6:37 pm


It's cool. I agree that Baseball can be kinda boring to a degree. It generally is not the most exciting of games, but to me it's exciting in its no apostrophe strategy. I guess I feel the same about golf. It can be quite a passive game as an onlooker, but just watching the strategy of it is what keeps you on your toes. 

I've always enjoyed it; to me it can only be boring when the team i'm rooting for is not winning.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/06/06 at 6:41 pm

I am just saying that it's a slower moving sport than football or soccer. It's quiet for the most part. It's not like a scene from "Braveheart"

And thanks, Jeff, for the apostrophe reminder. I guess I can't win here today  :\'(  ;D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: nally on 05/06/06 at 6:45 pm


And thanks, Jeff, for the apostrophe reminder. I guess I can't win here today  :\'(  ;D

Yep. I see ppl using the apostrophe all the time where it doesn't belong; if you insert the apostrophe in its, then that's the contraction for "it is" or "it has"; even the most educated writers make that flub. It drives me nuts.


I am just saying that it's a slower moving sport than football or soccer. It's quiet for the most part. It's not like a scene from "Braveheart"

I suppose that's one way to look at it. :)

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Bobby on 05/06/06 at 6:46 pm


It's cool. I agree that Baseball can be kinda boring to a degree. It generally is not the most exciting of games, but to me it's exciting in it's strategy. I guess I feel the same about golf. It can be quite a passive game as an onlooker, but just watching the strategy of it is what keeps you on your toes. 


I can watch snooker and can get hypnotised by it for the same reasons you enjoy baseball. However, golf is something that just isn't meant for television.  ;D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: nally on 05/06/06 at 6:49 pm


I can watch snooker and can get hypnotised by it for the same reasons you enjoy baseball. However, golf is something that just isn't meant for television.  ;D

In November of '04 I watched part of a golf game on television as a requirement for the golf class I was taking. Wasn't all that exciting, but at least I got a feel for it.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/06/06 at 6:51 pm


Yep. I see ppl using the apostrophe all the time where it doesn't belong; if you insert the apostrophe in its, then that's the contraction for "it is" or "it has"; even the most educated writers make that flub. It drives me nuts.
I suppose that's one way to look at it. :)



I think its (wrong or right? damnit!)  because I was in such a bad habit of using it incorrectly for so long about 5 to 6 years ago that sometimes I'll slip and I literally have to think of if and when I go wrong with it. It's one of those few things I error in my usually good English skills (that, and sometimes syntax). Yet, I often see myself making more mistakes on here with it because I often type in a rush and can't always edit it the way I'd like to. Anyway, thanks again.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/06/06 at 6:53 pm


In November of '04 I watched part of a golf game on television as a requirement for the golf class I was taking. Wasn't all that exciting, but at least I got a feel for it.


I use to watch golf with my Dad all the time. But, I had no idea what I was suppose to comprehend, except the ball was suppose to go in the hole  ;D

I have watched the Masters the last few years and that has been very exciting.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Paul on 05/06/06 at 7:07 pm


I personally think that baseball is just an elaborate commercialised game of what I used to call 'Rounders'.


Wasn't there another variant...softball?

I view both cricket and rounders (baseball) as boring but that is just one point of view and not to be taken generally.


Cricket's good, when the national side actually win something!

That said, the national side seems to have died on it's backside since The Ashes...are they all still hungover?

One thing about baseball...if the big showcase known as The World Series, why does only North America take part?

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: nally on 05/06/06 at 7:08 pm



One thing about baseball...if the big showcase known as The World Series, why does only North America take part?

I've always wondered why it's been called that too! :D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: whistledog on 05/06/06 at 10:15 pm


I can watch snooker and can get hypnotised by it for the same reasons you enjoy baseball. However, golf is something that just isn't meant for television.  ;D


Are you kidding?  Golf is great TV.  It helps cure my insomnia everytime ;D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/07/06 at 12:47 am

We used to play softball at school, that was quite enjoyable. I've never watched a game of baseball, so I can't comment. Cricket generally puts me to sleep. I prefer faster moving games like Aussie Rules Football, Basketball and Soccer.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Mr Tumnus on 05/08/06 at 10:57 am


I have always wondered this from a more personal view, as I know cricket is kinda 'your' baseball, but being that our version is definetly different - each is based on similiar principals.

So, being from "across the pond," what do you think of our baseball?


You know something I wish the Brits would set up Baseball teams here too (they have Basketball/American football so hey why not??)  but I think Baseball is just great to watch, fast and furious as compared to the more sedate game of British cricket, though it is ok to watch too.
Personally I'd prefer to watch Baseball anyday than American football which as you know is our equivalent of Rugby, which I can't stand..or football come to that matter   :D :D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Bobby on 05/09/06 at 6:24 pm


Wasn't there another variant...softball?


You are right, Paul, but I have no idea what the variation is - if any.

Cricket's good, when the national side actually win something!

That said, the national side seems to have died on it's backside since The Ashes...are they all still hungover?

One thing about baseball...if the big showcase known as The World Series, why does only North America take part?


Ha ha! I suppose I could watch tiddlywinks if I thought England had a chance of winning . . .

Yes, your last question puzzled me as well, lol.

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Bobby on 05/09/06 at 6:25 pm

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Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 05/09/06 at 6:41 pm


I would lose sleep over the amount of time wasted watching it, lol.


Golf isn't THAT bad.  ;D

Subject: Re: What do the British think of American Baseball?

Written By: Bobby on 05/09/06 at 6:49 pm


Golf isn't THAT bad.  ;D


Heh heh. There is one thing as bad as golf to watch in my opinion and that is bowls - but even then, the players are dealing with more than one ball.

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