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November 11, 2013

first pitch

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 4:42 am

baseball is the one of the most popular sports in the world. In baseball, the first pitch is one of the most important performances. we prepare the three subjects that is history, first pitch’s trend or reason, spectacle example. First, we will introduce baseball first pitch’s history. In 1910, president William Taft threw the first pitch at first in the USA. Ridiculously the reason that William Taft threw the first pitch is that his assistant advised him to exercise. In U.S.A first pitcher originally threw in his or her place in grand stand. this tradition continued in the 1970s. After president Ronald Ragon, in 1984 first pitchers threw a ball on mound. At comparison with USA, Korea’s baseball was made for the purpose of politican’s intention. So In 1982, former president jeon du hwan is the baseball first pitcher in korea. then after 1989, entertainers play that to tempt players and audiences.
Do you know why the first pitch is prevalent? A long time ago, the first pitch was a ceremonial event in which the game just starts in baseball with the enjoyment of fair play. But currently, with first pitch’s recognition being good, first pitch became trend for unknown performers to gain popularity or for celebrities to gain more popularity or fame. Clara is a typical example of being famous with first pitch. She has first pitch in which she takes a sexy pose. So she gained popularity. then she now earns over ten times as much money than before the first pitch. As this reason, entertainers prefer the first pitch. Besides, unusual first pitch exists. For example, gi bobai who is the gold medalist for archer in London shots the ball with arrow in nexen mok dong stadium. when she shot the ball, I think catcher is afraid of the ball so he catch the ball with standing pose. Another example is horse first pitch. It sounds odd. But you can understand when you see the picture. In 2007, actor Jeong tae woo who took the drama dae jo young at that time took the horse and enter the stadium with horse. then he got off a horse and threw the ball. finally, I think it is the most impressed first pitch. it is called ground ball first pitch. nan si rang who is pop artist threw the ball unexplainably.

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grand stand : A grandstand is a covered stand with rows of seats for people to sit on at sporting events.(출처:Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary6th Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2009)

performer : A performer is a person who acts, sings, or does other entertainment in front of audiences.(출처:Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary6th Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2009)

archer : An archer is someone who shoots arrows using a bow.(출처:Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary6th Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2009)

prevalent : A condition, practice, or belief that is prevalent is common.(출처:Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary6th Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2009)

recognition : Recognition is the act of recognizing someone or identifying something when you see it.(출처:Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary6th Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2009)

#class 87, group 3

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Discussion Question
1. what kind of first pitch do you like? (example pose, fashion, nice pitch…)
2. If you could pick the entertainer who does a first pitch, who would do you pick?
3. What do you think was the most impressive first pitch?

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