British Jerks: Baseball Is as British as Cottage Pie

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As if ruining the landscape of American rock 'n' roll with Oasis wasn't bad enough, now those wacky British folks have figured out that our national pastime of 'base-ball' is, in fact, a British creation. It seems some dweebs at the Surrey History Centre (that's the British -re, not the American -er, so you know it's classy) dug up a new manuscript that they consider evidence that the sport Albert Pujols plays should be enjoyed over tea and crumpets, not hot dogs and Miller Lite:

A diary entry which talks about a game played in Guildford, Surrey in 1755 has been verified as authentic by the Surrey History Centre.

The handwritten entry was discovered in the diary of lawyer William Bray and documents a game with friends on Easter Monday of that year when he was still a teenager.

So? Big whoop. Baseball started in the United States in the late eighteenth century. This is historical fact. Whatever game they played in England was probably closer to cricket than what we consider baseball today. So they used the word "base" and married it to the word "ball". Whatever reference to that word doesn't matter, because the British smell funny and have horrid teeth. Race Relations Thursday!

Julian Pooley, the manager of Surrey History Centre, was able to verify that the document was genuine because he is an expert on Bray and is responsible for a vast array of diaries written by the solicitor and local historian between 1756 and 1832.

Sounds like someone is telling fibs to increase his own notoriety and renown. Alright, Pooley, we know you forged those diaries. Own up. We know you Brits will do anything to denigrate America's favorite sport. After all, isn't it strange that the 2012 London Olympics will be the first ones in 24 years without baseball?


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But what about Lilly taking out Molina last night?

A diary entry which talks about a game played in Guildford, Surrey in 1755 has been verified as authentic by the Surrey History Centre.

Hi Diary :-D

Today I played the most wonderful game ever!!!!1111!! We frolicked in the fields and hit balls with bats. not those kind of balls sillyyyyyyyyyyyyy. It was soooooooooo much fun.

Well that's all for today.

currently listening to: bagpipe music

Are you SURE you're not a teenage girl, Matt?

In my dreams everyone is a teenage girl.

shhhhhhhhhh ^_^

@BC +1.

Bagpipes in Surrey? Unlikely old chap.

We love the game over here anyway, GB almost made it to the Olympics as well. There are things in baseball which probably stemmed from cricket in some form. Most things were invented in China or Britain at some time or another.

"Most things were invented in China or Britain at some time or another."

Not hygiene.

@ms12000

I will say that David Lengel and some others at the Guardian do some really enjoyable baseball writing.

@ms12000:

Thanks for commenting. I take back every bad thing I said about the Brits. My anti-Irish sentiments, however, remain.

Lengel is a legend, he used to present over here before going back to NY, it's hard to get into the general media but there is the ESPN sunday game on terrestrial (As well as the WS) but it's gradually getting bigger esposure. Watching the White Sox win game 2 of the World Series at about 7 am is one of the greatest experiences i've had.

Hopefully they'll bring a game over here like the NFL, The Kennington Oval perhaps (Ironically about 10 miles from where this was diary was claimed to have been found)

I take back every bad thing I said about the Brits.

Indian Giver!

@ms1200, everyone knows 99% of the world's inventions were invented in Italy.

/continuing Dago festa from yesterday

Whenever they do it, I'd put the over under on a "baseball riot" at 4 innings.

...and take the under.

British fucking twats. They bribe the IOC into getting baseball (and softball) canned from the Olympics so they don't have to build stadiums for it, since nobody plays baseball in London (or anywhere else in the entire country for that matter), and now they're trying to pretend they're the founding fathers of baseball.

Fiddlesticks, I say to thee! Fiddlesticks and bottom tweezers!

That was a wicked googly!

I am 100% committed to Anti-Irish Fridays. And Saturdays.

No SURRENDER!

/racism

@ ms1200 Sure you invented lots of things, like colonialism for instance. Thanks for doing such a great job working out all the problems in Israel/Palestine, Pakistan/India and partitioned Ireland. Any other things you want to take credit for? You haven't even discovered cold beer or ice in beverages yet.

Stop being a troll to our first foreign commenter, Chief.

Welcome, ms1200, I'm the resident reactionary prick, feel free to ignore or insult me as you please.

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