The Game of Baseball

9 Innings of Dirt, Bags, and Mentality

What is Baseball?

Baseball is a sport in which you have to send a ball with a stick as far as you can and try to touch as many bags as possible without being caught not touching a base. Like all sports, there is a home team and an away team. There are 9 innings, which makes 18 half innings. In the first half of every inning, the home team takes the field and the away team is in the dugouts up to bat. The second half of the inning is vice versa.

Positions

Believe it or not, there are actually numbers to each of the positions. You aren't going to memorize them, but here they are:


1- Pitcher

2- Catcher

3- First Baseman

4- Second Baseman

5- Third Baseman

6- Shortstop

7- Left Field

8- Center Field

9- Right Field

The Field

We are talking MLB sized fields, here. These are some basic dimentions of a standard full-sized baseball field:


Pitcher's rubber to home plate: 60' 6''

Home plate to 1st, 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd, and 3rd to home: 90'

Home plate to 2nd: 127' 3 3/8''


There may be a few dimentions that are up to the builders of the field, such as from home plate to the fence. But those above are the strictest of the standard field dimensions.

Objective

The objective of the game is basically to step on a pentagon-shaped piece of white rubber that is 17'' wide more times than the other team before 9 innings are over (be thankful there's no time limit). But you have to step on three other secured white pieces of canvas that are 90 feet apart from each other. Not to mention that if you are at home plate and you hit the ball you have to touch first base before the other guy at first receives it and you have to do that for all of the other bases if all the bases behind you are occupied, but if there aren't then you can either make the decision to go or wait. That itself is a lot of information, but it isn't that complex. If you have ever done computer programming, it's like an "if" statement. Don't worry if you haven't programmed before. There are so many other terms needed to know, but players usually leave that up to the umpire. For example, there is the common expression out there "play 'till the whistle". Players play until the umpire says otherwise. Another thing to know is that "the boundaries are part of the area in which they define". In translation, "lines are in". Just know that you have to score lots of runs, or steps on home plate. Not necessarily lots, just more than the other team.

Disadvantages of Baseball

People who have lots of experience know one thing for certain about baseball: it gets boring. There are times in which your pitcher just is having a bad day and consistantly is walking batters (a walk is when you throw four balls, or pitches outside a hittable "strike zone", before three pitches inside the strike zone, or strikes, are thrown, OR before the batter makes fair contact with the ball). Or when you're in the dugout, and the batter is just taking forever to have something happen. But if you're in the field, and you get caught sleeping, people laugh at you. And you don't want to be laughed at. Also, you can't lose focus at the plate, because strikes can blow by you very easily.

There is another tough point in baseball that only those with experience and play the game a lot would really understand (understand the pain): it's not a very mobile sport. If you are a soccer player, you can just find a ball and start playing! But not with baseball. With baseball, you find a ball, but you need the plate, bags, bat, etc. It's also much harder to get other people's interest because it takes such a long time to set up. But once you start playing, it's fun!