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Two Sports Fans

 STEP 3

Listening and Checking with transcription

In this last step, listen to the conversation again while you read the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information and notes at the bottom. This step also means good practice for your reading comprehension skills.

The two speakers, who are acquaintances but not close friends, are going home from work at the end of the day. They are talking about the Dodgers and the Yankees, two famous baseball teams in the United States. Let's listen to their conversation...

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SPORTS FAN 1

I really thought the Dodgers were going to win this year.

SPORTS FAN 2

I guess everybody did. Especially after the first two games.

SPORTS FAN 1

Another first for the Yankees nobody had ever won the Series after losing the first two games. But the Dodgers deserved to lose, the way they played.

SPORTS FAN 2

Yeah, but they didn't play too bad until the last game. That third game Nettles just took away from them.

SPORTS FAN 1

Those incredible plays...

SPORTS FAN 2

He just beat them single-handed.

SPORTS FAN 1

All by himself.

SPORTS FAN 2

Yeah, just single-handed... and the game after that they didn't play bad, either. They could have won it.

SPORTS FAN 1

It still seemed as if they were going to win the Series...

SPORTS FAN 2

They didn't look all that bad... you know, two top-notch teams playing reasonably well...

SPORTS FAN 1

But that last game they got blown out of the park.

SPORTS FAN 2

They admitted that was probably the worst they'd ever played.

SPORTS FAN 1

They had so much at stake. They're a much more emotional team than the Yankees and...

SPORTS FAN 2

... had more reasons for wanting to win. After all, the Yankees had had their...

SPORTS FAN 1

... their glory. Are you a dyed-in-the-wool Dodger fan?

SPORTS FAN 2

Not really. I'm a Cleveland Indians fan, so I lose interest in baseball by July every year.

SPORTS FAN 1

They're out of the running that early in the season?

SPORTS FAN 2

Uh-huh.

SPORTS FAN 1

You from Ohio?

SPORTS FAN 2

No, I just like the Cleveland Indians...

 

GLOSSARY & NOTES

acquaintance: a relationship less intimate than friendship. 

close = very intimate 

the Dodgers: the Los Angeles Dodgers, a well-known baseball team in the United States. 

the Yankees: the New York Yankees, perhaps the best-known baseball team in the United States.

the Series: the "World Series," a traditional series of baseball games played each fall between the winners of the two major leagues to decide the professional championship in the United States. The first team to win four games is declared the champion for that year. (The term World Series is somewhat extravagant, as the games are played only between teams from the United States.)

too bad = very badly. In more formal way, and to many in informal usage as well, the only acceptable form for the adverb is badly. Notice, however, that in the sentence They didn't look all that bad (farther on in this conversation) the adjective bad is the correct form.

Nettles: the surname of a player on the Yankee team whose outstanding defensive play was an important factor in his team's victory in several of the games.

single-handed = all by himself. Done by only one person without the help of others.

all that bad = so very bad (informal).

top-notch = excellent; first-rate; at the highest quality.

they got blown out of the park: they were overwhelmingly defeated. Park = ball park, that is, the playing field.

at stake: being risked; dependent upon the outcome.

the Yankees had had their glory. The Yankees had won the World Series the preceding year (and in many earlier years).

dyed-in-the-wool = thoroughgoing; unchangeable, uncompromising; out-and-out (literally, dyed before being spun or woven into cloth).

Cleveland Indians: the baseball team of the city of Cleveland (Ohio).

I lose interest in baseball by July. The baseball season begins in April of each year and ends in October. Apparently the speaker's team does so poorly that it is out of the running by the middle of the season.

out of the running = not in contention; having no chance to win.

that early = so early

Source: English Teaching Forum - Authors: Kathleen Seley & Lewis Barnett

 

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