ZOO Learns How To Play Baseball!
ZOO stepped onto the home plate at the Italian National Olympic Center in Tirrenia. Alessandro Maestri the pro baseball player about to assasinate us with a 90 MPH pitch, arched his leg like a startled chicken, then whipped his body round and launched a suprisingly hard baseball at our supple face.
Two things happened once the heavily branded bomb left his fingers. Firstly, our brief sporting life, which was plagued with numerous stiches, disappointed PE teachers and far too many broken bones flashed through our minds.*
Secondly, we swung our bat with gritted teeth, missed the ball and span just in time to catch the heavily tanned former baseball star Mike Piazza, bow his head in disappointment.
Thanks to ESPN, we were joining a host of baseball nuts in Italy to learn how to play. Check out the gallery below for a breakdown of how we did!
*There wasn't time for this to run through our minds. As Alessandro's pitch just was THAT bloody fast.
ESPN America is the home of Major League Baseball in the UK as it broadcasts live coverage of the 2012 season. The 2012 MLB regular season will start with the Japan Opening Series live from Toyko, Japan as Seattle Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 March.
ESPN America’s coverage of MLB will continue as the season gets into full swing on April 4. Highlights will include classic divisional rivalries, interleague play and the mid-summer classic, the MLB All-Star game in July. In addition, baseball fans will be able to enjoy extensive coverage of the postseason and watch every game of the World Series live. Coverage will also include daily episodes of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
DO Warm Up: As with any sport you must warm up before you start. In baseball, you'll often need to change direction suddenly to throw or catch. This means you'll be using muscles you haven't used in a while, or in our case, ever.