Monday, September 27, 2010

Baseball: The Game & How to Play It

Hello, everyone!  So, I had a request to explain the game of baseball, for those of you who do not know its rules and how it is played!  This blog today will be about just that!!
First of all, there are generally 9 innings and 3 outs per inning.  An inning is a certain amount of time where one team is on offense and one is on defense.  The team on offense is up to bat and the team on defense is out in the field (just think 'defend', as they are defending the infield).  There are four bases: 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and home base.  There is a first baseman on 1st base, a second baseman on 2nd base, and a third baseman on 3rd.  There is also a shortstop in between 2nd base and 3rd base.  The catcher squats behind the home plate.  There is also a right field, left field, and center field, which are the outfields, and each their own player.  There is a pitcher, who stands on a mound facing the catcher.  The pitcher's job is to throw the ball, aiming for the catcher, trying to strike out the batter.  The batter will strike out if they swing three times and miss each time, or if they get two fouls and miss the last one.  A foul ball is when the batter hits the ball, but it goes outside of the play lines.  If the batter hits the ball, it is the defense's job to try to get the batter "out."  They will throw the ball to whichever base the batter is on, and if the ball gets there before the batter and the baseman tags the batter with the ball, the batter is out.  A "homerun" is when the batter hits the ball out of the field.  This means he, and whichever of his teammates are on base at the time, get to run all the way home and score.  After there are three outs, the teams change positions.  Once the teams have changed twice it is called an inning.  So, therefore, an inning consists of both teams having played once on both defense and offense.  The teams will play like this until the 9th inning, and at the end of the 9th, whoever has more points wins the game.  These are the fundamentals and basics of baseball!! Questions?? Leave me a comment! :)


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  2. Great post Emily! Now when I do watch baseball, I won't be totally lost anymore. :D But seriously, not bad at all. Just in case anyone was wondering, I was the one who requested this post and Emily, being the awesome girl she is, ACTUALLY posted it! haha. Questions though:

    1) Do all players play offense and defense? Or is there like a set team for offense and another for defense (like football)?

    2) What is "stealing base"?

    3) Should I go watch an Angels game sometime in the year?

    So i just checked, in my comment wasn't totaled at a hundred words. So, uhm, Hello? How's it going? Yeah. Baseball. Yup. <-- I really like this song

    I will post a blog with the answers :-)
    But no, you should not see an Angels game because they are not playing anymore!!! :P