The crack of a bat. The pop of a catcher's mitt. The roar of a crowd. Wherever baseball is played -- from Tokyo to Seoul to Beijing to New York City -- the sounds of the game are the same even if the languages are different.
Although Japanese-language broadcasts have not penetrated the market the way Spanish-language broadcasts have, it might be only a matter of time.
Here are some selected calls in Japanese that capture the passion, emotion and excitement of baseball:
" Oct. 27, 2006: The Cardinals make the final out and become World Series champions. Listen
" Sept. 7, 2005: Matsui hits his 400th professional homer. Listen
Note: The source for all audio clips is MLB International. For more on what's going on around the globe, check out MLB.com International.