explaining baseball

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    Jan 13, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    Guys, visiting the US from London UK last year, I went to my first baseball game in the glittering, mesmerising Yankees stadium. Totally loved it. My friend from NYC did his best to explain the intricacies, but man, it kinda eluded me.

    Where can I go to get my head around it? All I know right now is that Jeter is out of his boot. For which, much cheers.
  • calibro

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    Jan 13, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    baseball is easier to learn than cricket
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    Jan 13, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    Watch a game with someone who enjoys it. They'll walk you through it. But the rules are pretty obvious. Hell, do a wikipedia or google search. For me baseball is about the Spring, being outside, connecting with your friends and city.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 13, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    I grew up in the Home of Baseball, literally minutes from the Hall of Fame, and I don't get it, either. Just grab a wiener, a beer, and pretend you care. icon_lol.gif
  • monet

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    Jan 13, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    This should clear everything up for you:

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    Jan 13, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said Just grab a wiener, a beer, and pretend you care. icon_lol.gif


    I like the way you think!
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    Jan 13, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    do teams from the American League ever play teams from the National League?
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 13, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    misterwood saiddo teams from the American League ever play teams from the National League?


    They started playing each other in the regular season in the past 15 years or so, although I don't like interleague play.
  • monet

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    Jan 13, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    The basics:

    Nine players on each team.
    Nine innings.
    Two parts to each inning (top and bottom).
    Three outs = end of that part of the inning.
    Catching a fly ball = one out.
    Three strikes = one out.
    Four balls = advance to base.
    Getting tagged out at base = one out.
    Score runs along the way to determine which team wins.

    Here, let George explain baseball in comparison to (American) Football, another sport you probably don't understand yet.

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    Jan 13, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    If you think baseball is confusing, then American Football will be like a calculus class in your eyes. Then again, calculus is probably easier to understand!
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIf you think baseball is confusing, then American Football will be like a calculus class in your eyes. Then again, calculus is probably easier to understand!


    Agreed! I can't watch football because of that. I can only cheer when my friends cheer.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 13, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIf you think baseball is confusing, then American Football will be like a calculus class in your eyes. Then again, calculus is probably easier to understand!


    I never realized football was so complicated until I tried to explain it to my spanish friend, and his head exploded
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    Erik101 saidIf you think baseball is confusing, then American Football will be like a calculus class in your eyes. Then again, calculus is probably easier to understand!

    I never realized football was so complicated until I tried to explain it to my spanish friend, and his head exploded

    Well, when I took my French boyfriend to a Reds game, this is how I explained it: The Reds were like the vineyard farmers. Always protecting their grapes. And the other team are like the gypsies, taking our grapes and running 'home'. We have to beat the gypsies with 'the stick' to protect our grapes....

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    Jan 14, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    I think the baseball announcers on tv and radio give you a lot of information because there is a lot of time to chat and bring up statistics. Sometimes it's a nice thing to have on in the background especially on a relaxed summer evening. When you're at the ballpark, you often can't see the battle going on between pitcher and batter.
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:56 AM GMT
    thanks guys, this is cool. Baseball seems to follow me around. I was in Sapporo during the playoffs, the week their team won the Japan league. It was amazing.
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    Jan 15, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    From a former Major League Baseball employee and minor league broadcaster I can attest that baseball can be more complicated than it appears. It has more strategy and statistical analysis than any other sport. I'd suggest getting Zack Hample's book 'Watching Baseball Smarter.'

    There are a lot of things you can pick up on and it's good for any level. Heck, even as a professional baseball broadcaster I learned some things reading his book. Baseball has tons of history. I am an expert in Negro League Baseball and barnstorming. It's really fun to learn the history of the game as much as the rules and nuances.
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:42 AM GMT
    I like. Thank you icon_smile.gif