Baseball 101

This post talks about the rules of baseball, but also incorporates some fun ideas for dressing up if you want to go to a baseball game.

I went to the Texas State University vs. Baylor baseball game last night. I wore a maroon shirt with shorts and gold sandals (which is a perfectly adequate and simple outfit when it is 80 degrees outside). Pictured below is me in my outfit.

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I have these adorable headbands I bought from Sam Moon that are baseball-themed, but they did not want to stay on my head so I couldn’t wear them to the game. I have provided a picture below for an idea though (if headbands are your thing) to accessorize for the game.

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(These headbands are sold at Sam Moon and they have tons of different sports/team colors to choose from)

Now on to the rules of baseball. Baseball is fairly easy to understand, which is why the sport may come off as kind of boring (which is why I like going to live games). You have probably heard many baseball phrases before, such as “three strikes, you’re out,” “grandslam,” or “up, up, and away.” Let me start by showing an overview of the field:

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The baseball field is called a diamond. There is the first base, second base, third base, and home plate. Every time a player bats, they want to get to one of these bases or get another player to one of these bases. If a player hits a ball too far to the left or too far to the right (past the foul lines), they will get a foul and it counts as a strike (in most cases).

There are nine innings total in a baseball game (unless the game is tied at the end and they go into extra innings. Each inning is split in half so that each team has a chance to bat. These halves are called the top and the bottom of each inning.

In the field, there are players guarding each base. These are the first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman. There is the pitcher, who throws the ball to the catcher. There is the shortstop, who stands between the second and third bases. Then there are the outfield positions, who are near the back of the field. They are called the left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder. For detailed descriptions on each position, here is an easy-to-understand list.

While one team is up to bat, the other team is on the field. When a batter is up, the pitcher throws the ball. If the pitcher throws a ball, the batter basically gets a pass. If a pitcher throws four balls, the batter gets to walk to first base. If a pitcher throws a strike, the batter has more chances to hit the ball, but when the pitcher throws three strikes, the batter is out and a new batter is up. If the batter hits a ball out of the foul line, it is considered a strike unless they have two strikes already. A foul ball cannot be counted as a third strike, so if a batter hits a foul ball on a third strike, they pretty much get a free pass. If a batter hits the ball in-field, they get a chance to run to first base. If they make it before a player throws the ball to first, they are safe. However, if the ball reaches the base before the batter does, they are out.

When the batter hits a home run, they hit a ball past the field and they get to run around all of the bases. Once a player gets to the home plate, this is how they score points. Each point counts for how many players have gotten to the home plate. Players can steal bases while the pitcher is pitching, but this can be risky because they have a higher chance of getting out. When the bases are fully loaded, this means there are batters on first base, second base, and third base. If the batter hits a home run with bases loaded, they can score four points for their team.

Here are some YouTube videos that I recorded from tonight’s game to help you get a better understanding of baseball.


In the first clip, the Baylor player hits the ball and gets to second base. In the second clip, the Baylor player tries to hold on, but he hits a ball, it is caught, and Baylor is out for that inning.


In the first clip, a Texas State batter is hit by the ball so he gets to walk to first base. In the second clip, a player on first base makes a successful steal to second base. In the third clip, a Texas State batter makes a good hit and the player on second base slides into third base. In the fourth clip, the player almost hits a foul ball, but it is good for a run to first base. Also, the last clip has some action from the Texas State Bobcat mascot.

Although this is a general overview of the rules of baseball, I hope it will help you get the gist of the game whether you decide to go to a live game or watch one on television.

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Posted on April 24, 2014, in Sports for Girls and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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