A baseball game lasts nine innings and is decided by outs rather than time. Each team gets three players from the opposing team out to end an inning. A player is out if (1) they miss three pitches in a row, (2) an opposing team player catches the ball in the outfield (the grass outside of the dirt path leading from base to base), (3) an opposing team player tags the player with the ball, or (4) an opposing team player steps on the base the player is running to while holding the ball.
A pitch is when a player from the opposing team, known as the pitcher, stands on a mound in the middle of the field and throws the ball. The hitter is a member of the opposing team who attempts to hit the ball that the pitcher throws. The ball is put into play when the batter makes contact with the pitcher’s throw, and the batter is referred to as a base runner. When the batter fails to hit the ball, it is called a strike and is caught by a catcher from the opposing team (standing right next to the hitter).
After putting the ball in play and returning to home base after touching first, second, and third bases in that order, a base runner scores. A home run occurs when a base runner hits the ball into the stands (where you are sitting) or far enough to complete a full run around all of the bases in a reasonable amount of time. A player can advance around the bases by hitting the ball or being hit by another player. When your team scores, you cheer, wave your arms, and hug your neighbour.
The must-haves: hot dogs, hamburgers, and more
Let’s move on to the essentials now that we’ve covered the fundamentals. Specifically, food and beverages. Without a hot dog, a baseball game isn’t complete. My preferred topping combination is ketchup, mustard, and relish, but chilli and cheese are also good options. Pretzels, peanuts, and nachos are also popular, but a stadium concession stand hot dog will always hold a particular place in my heart and hand. And nothing goes better with it than a cold beer if you’re of legal drinking age, or a Coca-Cola if you’re not. Foam hands (those glove-like things that make your hands appear enormous) are an alternative.
Rules that have been simplified
These simplified baseball rules give a quick overview of baseball laws as well as the fundamentals of softball rules. On the baseball page, you’ll find a complete list of the rules.
A single game is played by two teams that alternate playing offensive and defence during the game. A “season” is a series of games played by a group of teams known as a league over the period of several months. Each team in the league plays each other a set number of times, though this is not necessarily done in a round robin fashion. The regular season winner is the team with the most wins at the end of the season.
The purpose of a game is to score more points than the other team, which is referred to as “runs” in baseball. On offence, each team of 9 or 10 players seeks to score runs by touring the bases (in counter-clockwise order, beginning at home plate), which form a square-shaped figure known as a “diamond,” as shown in the image below.