Yes, softball and baseball are similar games. But softball is played by women, men aged 30+, and in casual situations (e.g. a corporate picnic or family reunion). Baseball is generally played by males aged 8 to college aged on an amateur basis and professionally can be any age but professional baseball players thin out at around 30.
Softball is played with a larger ball which, as the name suggests, is softer than a baseball. In softball, the ball is pitched underhand whereas in baseball it's overhand. Otherwise, the two games are the same.
Another good example of British people not getting the cultural references in American tv shows is the Family Guy episode involving "leafers". This was a first or second season episode where the show focused more on the Rhode Island setting.
So in the bumper, the British announcer said, "This is the episode about leafers. Whatever a leafer is." Something like that.
Okay, I've never heard of "leafers" either. Maybe it's a New England expression. But it's clearly explained in the episode. They're people who travel across New England during the autumn to look at trees during that time when the leaves are changing colour. It's aestetically pleasing.
But this dumbass didn't get it. I guess because the trees in the UK don't really have leaves that change colour. Not that I can remember anyway. Or if they do, it's not to the extent that they do in New England. Maybe they do but there just aren't so many trees. Or the change isn't as dramatic.
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