Long Island Baseball
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Long Islanders taking in a thrilling baseball game. Photo by LongIsland.com staffer.
Baseball is America's pastime, having been played across the country for well over 150 years. The sport is played between two teams of 9 players who rotate between playing defense in the field and offense on the baseline. Pitchers throw a small round ball in the vicinity of batters in an effort to get the ball past the batter and to the catcher while the hitter tries to smack the ball into the field of play. If hitters miss three attempts at the ball they are out; if they hit the ball in play and it is not caught by a fielder they try to run the base path without being tagged by an opposing player who has gained possession of the ball. If they're tagged, they're out; if they can make it all the way around the base path back to home plate before their team has made three outs in the inning they score a run.
There are, of course, more rules and nuances to the game, but at its core it is a simple sport that is easy to understand and difficult to master. Its combination of accessibility and intrigue has led to enduring popularity in the US, making it one of the country's four major sports.
Long Islanders live in a rich baseball area. The proximty to Queens and the Bronx allows Long Islanders to be frequent spectators at the greatest baseball teams, the Mets and the Yankee's home games. Long Island is also home to its own professional baseball team, the Long Island Duck's.
Pro Game Athletics
41 Saxon Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Pro Game Athletics is an exciting new training facility helping Long Island's athletes reach their potential. No matter at what level players are competing, Pro Game Athletics' large facility, batting cages, and expert instructors can help them to learn, grow, and improve their game.
Pro Game Athletics provides individual and group lessons in baseball. With instructors who specialize in Hitting, Catching, Fielding, and Pitching, they can help athletes in all areas of the game. All lesson pricing is based off of specific instructors. Pricing ranges from $50-$60 per 30 min session. Packages that can be purchased at a discount rate and group lessons are offered for 1 hour sessions with up to 4 clients at a time. A Tier 1 instructor costs $50 for a 30 minute session and $100 for a 60 minute session. A Tier 2 instructor costs $60 for a 30 minute session and $120 for a 60 minute session. Pro Game Athletics is also an official partner of the Long Island Ducks and LI Junior Ducks Baseball Camp.
New York Mets
The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in Queens, New York. The Mets play in the Eastern Division of the National League. The Mets have won two World Series Championships in their 46 year history, the first in 1969 and the second in 1986.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball team based in the Bronx. The Yankees have been playing at Yankee Stadium since 1923. They have been Major League Baseball's most storied franchise, winning 26 World Series titles and 39 American League Pennants. Their 26 titles make them the most successful franchise in North American professional sports history, passing the Montreal Canadiens' 24 titles in 1999.
They are also the only team represented in the National Baseball Hall of Fame at every position. Notably, they have faced every winner of the National League pennant in the World Series except for the Houston Astros, who won their first pennant in 2005. No other team has come close to matching this feat.