Sorry, shouldn't have used baseball. Soccer, maybe? Think of Vail Resorts as the best soccer league in the world (Premier League, maybe?). And that list Anachronism provided as the local kids throwing a soccer ball around the schoolyard.
(Don't take my advice seriously, just busting anachronism's b..uns [Note: edited for language])
I'm not sure if you understood the restaurant reference - our restaurant service industry runs on tips. So waiters get paid like $2/hour and make the rest of their tax reportable income via tips. So that's why the guy said maybe you wouldn't want to eat at American restaurants. If you already knew that, well then just excuse my explanation.