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Daniel Plays Ball

Episode: 119a
Air Date: February 11, 2013
Previous Episode: 118b - A Stormy Day
Next Episode: 119b - O Builds a Tower
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Daniel Tiger and his friends are playing at the park with Prince Tuesday -- working on hopping on one foot. When Prince Tuesday offers some good advice -- keep trying, you'll get better -- Daniel realizes that the more he hops, the better he gets.

Prince Tuesday talks about practicing baseball before Daniel make-believes that he himself is a great baseball player.

Together with Prince Tuesday, Daniel and his friends play animal ball -- a game made up by Miss Elaina involving animal sounds and catching a ball. When the ball is tossed to Daniel, he has a hard time catching it and is encouraged by Prince Tuesday to keep trying. With a little practice, he is able to catch the ball.

Celebrating his ability to catch the ball, Daniel hops on one foot and finds that Miss Elaina has trouble hopping. He encourages her to keep trying and with practice, she gets better.


  • "Keep trying. You'll get better."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a group of children playing animal ball.



When Daniel make-believes that he is a baseball player, his uniform resembles that of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Additionally, the view behind Daniel is remarkably similar to the view seen at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

The storyline of this episode is featured in the book Daniel Plays Ball and the Adventures of Daniel Tiger Treasury.

This episode is featured on the DVDs Tigertastic 50-Pack and It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.



Episode Credits

Story by Angela C. Santomero & Becky Friedman
Written by Eva Steele-Saccio
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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