Baseball 101

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For most people, baseball is an imitation of cricket. As much as this is the thought shared by many, the game has won the hearts of many fans in the US. All that is needed is a bat, a ball and a helmet and you are good to go.

Baseball is a game played with a bat, ball and glove. The fundamentals of the game involve throwing the ball, hitting the ball, and catching the ball. Of course, the execution of these three tasks is more challenging than it sounds, and it is that challenge that compels baseball players to play the game.

You need very little equipment to play a baseball game. The essential pieces are nine gloves (one for each fielder), one ball, and one bat. The batter and catcher also require some special protective gear. The following is a list of some basic baseball equipment:

Ball – An official baseball is manufactured through a process of wrapping yarn around a cork or rubber center and then tightly stitching a cowhide or horsehide cover over the yarn. A baseball is a sphere that is approximately 9 inches (23 cm) in circumference and weighs 5 1/4 ounces (149 g).

Bat – A bat is a solid piece of wood, usually ash that is 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter at the thickest part, which is called the barrel, and not more than 42 inches (107 cm) in length.

Batting helmet – A helmet protects a baseball player if a ball accidentally hits him in the head. Some pitcher’s can throw a baseball as fast as 100 miles per hour (161 kph), so a player needs to wear a helmet to prevent severe head injuries.

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Baseball is normally associated with men hence the need to encourage more women to join in. first and foremost, there should be no heels when you are watching a game. The stadium is not a place for purses just have on a good pair of jeans, t-shirt, cap and some rubber sole shoes.

Don’t Wear Heels. Yes, this seems obvious and no, I’m not trying to insult your intelligence. I have seen all sorts of outfits at sporting events through the years that have left me scratching my head. As with everything in life, an appropriate outfit is always the sexiest and for baseball, low-key footwear is best. Another note about attire: Don’t worry about wearing team-affiliated clothing. Not everyone at Yankee Stadium is going to be wearing pinstripes so if you’re not the home team’s biggest fan, don’t worry about sporting their merchandise. Make sure to AVOID wearing the opposing team’s colors, however. No one likes to get heckled by drunk strangers.

And leave the giant purse at home. I love a giant tote as much as the next girl, but sports stadiums are not the place for them. The ground will be sticky with beer and soda—not where you want to put down your nicest handbag. Additionally, many, if not all, stadiums have bag size limits. Security will check every bag that comes through the door and you will get the stink eye if you hold up the line when an officer has to go through your big bag. Stadiums also have policies on bringing in any outside food or drinks including your innocent bottle of water. Every stadium has different rules about this (I went to one once where my friend could take his bottle but not the plastic cap inside) but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. And it’s best to not hold up the security line.

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So how do players both professionals and amateurs prepare for the game?  Well first of they should ensure that the grass is just fine. If should not be too long or wet or else throwing will be a difficult feat. The state of dirt should also be noted. It determines whether the ball stays on the ground or hops up and down.

Baseball fields are not all created equal, and in a game where split second decisions matter, the slope of the foul line, speed of the infield, and other such factors can dramatically change the outcome of a play. With just a little bit of pre-game preparation, you can give yourself an advantage during the game.

Baseball Pre-Game Preparation

The length of the grass will determine how much the ball will get caught up and slow down or how fast it gets through the infield. Is it wet or dry? This could make throwing difficult. Is the surface smooth or are their uneven sports and little craters where there may be some bad hops? This info factors into where to play certain hitters, and how to attack certain ground balls.

Check the dirt

To see if it is loose or tightly packed. Does the ball stay down or hop up? Is it fast or slow? Know where you are in the infield because some dirt areas are larger than others. Get acquainted with the infield.

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