As you open your browser to begin your daily search, you’re greeted by Google’s homepage. But today, something is different. The familiar Google logo has been transformed into a baseball field with bats, balls, bases, and players. Google Doodle Baseball has debuted one of its iconic interactive doodles to celebrate the start of baseball season.
For baseball fans, the familiar sounds of the bat’s crack and the crowd’s roar are back. The doodle allows you to step up to the plate and swing at hitting a home run. You control the batter, moving the bat left and right to hit the ball when the pitcher throws it. A hit into the outfield will score runs for your team. Play through a full 3 outs and see how many runs you can drive in.
Whether you’re a lifelong baseball fanatic or enjoy the occasional game, Google’s latest doodle will surely be a home run. Take yourself out to the ballgame and enjoy this playful tribute to America’s pastime. The only thing missing is the smell of popcorn and hot dogs. So grab some peanuts and Cracker Jack and play ball! The boys of summer are back.
How to Play the Google Doodle Baseball Game
To play the Google Doodle Baseball game, follow these steps:
Select Your Team
Choose between the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each team has players with different abilities to add an extra challenge. Pay attention to the stats for each player to determine the best team for your playing style.
Pitching and Batting
As the pitcher, tap and hold to start the power meter, then release to throw the ball. Aim for the red target area of the strike zone to get a strike. Strikes lower the batter’s morale and earn you points. As the batter, tap to swing the bat when the ball is in the strike zone. Time it right to get a hit. A successful hit will advance your players around the bases, so focus on timing and hand-eye coordination.
Running the Bases
Once you get a hit, tap the screen rapidly to run the bases. Runners automatically advance one base at a time. Tap quickly to slide into a base for a close play. If the fielder throws the ball to the base ahead of you, tap to slide in safely. Pay attention to the fielders and their throws to maximize your time running the bases after a hit.
As the fielding team, tap and drag in the direction of the hit ball to have your players run to field it. Once fielded, tap and drag toward the base you want to throw to get out. Quick reflexes and precision are key for effective fielding. Throwouts earn you points and end the batter’s time at bat.
Following baseball rules and applying skills like timing, hand-eye coordination, and strategy will lead to more hits, runs and victories in the Google Doodle Baseball game. Experiment with different techniques and player matchups for an engaging experience with America’s favorite pastime in digital form. Play ball!
Hidden Surprises and Easter Eggs in the Google Doodle Baseball Game
Hidden Baseball and Sports References
The Google Doodle baseball game incorporates subtle references to baseball and sports hidden throughout the experience. Keep your eyes peeled for these “Easter eggs” as you play.
- On the scoreboard, the numbers represent important years in baseball history, like 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball.
- The concession stand sells Cracker Jack, a classic baseball snack. The price is $7.77, referencing the year the first MLB All-Star game was played.
- The stadium is called “GOOG Field,” a play on famous ballparks like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
- The player numbers on the team uniforms represent the atomic numbers of elements on the periodic table that spell out “Google,” like 79 for Au (Gold) and 35 for Br (Bromine).
- The announcer references famous calls from baseball history, like “Going, going, gone!” and “It’s outta here!” He even gives a shout-out to take me to the ball game during the 7th inning stretch.
Opportunities to Learn
While having fun playing this lighthearted baseball game, opportunities arise to gain knowledge about America’s favorite pastime. Through exploration of the details and easter eggs hidden within, insights can be gleaned into some of baseball’s most significant events and cultural aspects.
Baseball has a long and storied history, full of tradition and nostalgia. By featuring Cracker Jack, classic stadiums, and historical references in their doodle, Google has created a gateway for learning and discussing baseball’s cultural impact and Americana. Play ball!