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VOA新闻杂志:南非棒球选手首次获得大联盟冠军VOA慢速英语新闻杂

2017-08-14 01:12 |  来源:咕噜英语 |  人气: | 


     
     
     Gift Ngoepe of South Africa spent almost nine years playing baseball in the United States.
     He was in the minor leagues, the professional level below Major League Baseball. He started his career when he was 18. He is now 27 years old.
     , in cities like Bradenton, Florida; State College, Pennsylvania; and Indianapolis, Indiana.
     He played over 700 games before finally getting promoted to the Pirates on Wednesday.
     When he entered the game against the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, he made history as the first African player in the Major Leagues.
     And then he did something even more special: he got a hit in his first at-bat against Jon Lester, one of the best pitchers in baseball.
     As it rolled into center field, Ngoepe rounded first base and clapped his hands. His teammates smiled and cheered.
     The television announcer said "at 2:49 South Africa time, Gift Ngoepe has made history."
     The game stopped and the ball was taken out of play in honor of his first hit.
     "Awesome stuff, remarkable stuff," the other announcer said.
     Ngoepe is from Pietersburg, near Johannesburg.
     Before the game, he said "it's been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy."
     He said he hoped his appearance in the Major Leagues would inspire more Africans to consider playing baseball.
      his mother worked for a baseball team in Randburg.
     After the game, in the Major Leagues "means a lot to the people back home," and " from and no matter where you are or who you are, you can still make it."
     I'm Dan Friedell.
     
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