There is a little pig. The pig wants
to be a baseball player. Everyday, he practices baseball.
He practices hitting a
baseball. He wants to be a big hitter.
After 10 years of practice, the pig
decides to try out for the New York Yankees - the most
famous baseball team in America. He takes a direct
flight to New York, then rents a car and drives to
He tries out for the Yankees, but the
Yankees reject him. The Yankees' manager says, "I'm
sorry. You are an amazing baseball player, but we can't
let a pig join our team."
The pig is very unhappy. He goes home
and cries everyday. Finally, his friend says to him,
"Come on, get a grip! Stop crying and try again with
The pig listens to his friend. He
stops crying. He practices baseball everyday.
One day, he is reading the newspaper
and he finds out that the San Francisco Giants need new
baseball players. The pig immediately flies to San
He tries out for the Giants. The
Giants are very impressed with the pig. The manager says,
"Wow, you are the best hitter I have ever seen". The
Giants hire the pig and pay him 2 dollars.
In his first game, the pig hits 5
home runs! Everyone in San Francisco loves the pig! The
Giants give him a big raise. They pay him 540 million
The pig is rich, famous, and happy.
- big hitter: someone who can hit a baseball very far (ie. a strong hitter)
- to try out (for): to try to get a job (usually used in sports or other
- direct flight: a flight with no stops, (an airplane trip with no stops)
- to reject: to say "no" to, to refuse
- "come on": (idiom) "hurry", "do [something] now"-- (always used as a command)
- get a grip: control your emotions, calm down (be calm), control yourself
- to find out: to learn, to discover (new information)
impressed with: think (someone/something) is great
- hitter: a person who hits
- to hire: to give a job (to someone)
- home run: the biggest hit in baseball, (idiom) a very big success