Baseball is known as American’s national pastime. It’s been said that one can’t really appreciate American culture and society without appreciating baseball. Professional baseball is played at 30 stadiums around the country that host MLB teams. It’s also played at elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. In virtually every city and town in America, youth baseball games herald the start of spring and become a summer ritual. It’s a game without a clock where the defense controls the ball. It requires strength and agility and also strategy and quick thinking. It’s a sport of the mind and the body. Together with its sister sport, softball, baseball is pillar of American society. Fans watch games intensely but also come for food and entertainment and the opportunity to socialize with friends and family. Any visitor to the United States should experience baseball in some fashion.