I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Baseball is a popular sport in many countries. Before listening to this sports broadcast, think of common baseball vocabulary and sample sentences that might come up in such a program (e.g., run as in “The team needs four runs to tie the game.”)

HELPFUL TIP: Baseball is an American pastime. Learning a little about the sport and some of the players might help you strike up conversations with people interested in the sport.

Listen to the announcement by pressing the “Play Audio” button, and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. How many players are on base when Mark Sosa comes to bat?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3
2. What is Mark’s batting record for this game?

A. a single and one strike out

B. a triple and two walks

C. a walk and two strikes

3. How many games has it been since he hit his last home run?

A. 3

B. 4

C. 5

4. His batting average for the _______ has been 279.

A. week

B. month

C. year

5.What was the probable final score of the game based on the information given?

A. 7-5

B. 9-8

C. 12-10

Score =

Correct answers:

Well, folks. The Cardinals are now down by 3 runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning with Mark Sosa up to the plate. The bases are loaded. Sosa has gone 0-for-3 this game with two strike outs and a walk. Expectations have been high, and I’m sure Mark has felt the pressure trying to rebound from his five-game-home-run drought.

Mark is up to the plate. Here’s the pitch. Oh, an inside fastball. Strike one. Mark has been batting 279 this month, and he needs one more home run to pass the all-time home run record set back in 1961. And here we go. Here’s the wind-up and the pitch. Oh, a monstrous belt to left field . . . it’s . . . it’s . . . gone. And Mark as just earned himself the title of Home Run King, plus the Cardinals have picked up their 70th win of the season.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • down (adjective): behind
    – Our team was down two runs until I hit a home run.
  • loaded (adjective): full with a person on each base
    – The bases were loaded when our best hitter struck out.
  • rebound (verb): come back and return to form
    – The pitcher has yet to rebound from his injury.
  • belt (noun and verb): hit
    – The other team belted three balls out of the park.