Let’s turn our attention to the instructional film “How to Play Baseball.” Our first lesson comes in the form of how to dress for the baseballing occasion. Loose and comfortable is the name of the game.
Wear Loose-Fitting Attire
Once you’ve found the proper uniform, you’ll need to find your talent on the field. Perhaps you’re suited to the pitcher, or twirler, position. This means you will throw the ball for the batsman to hit.
The pitcher begins each play when he throws the ball. Each pitcher has his own, unique windup, depending on what is comfortable:
Find a Comfortable, Repeatable Delivery
There’s Nothing Wrong with Wacky
For the batsman, timing is the key. Each batter, like each pitcher, must find his own routine. The routine helps the batter to ready himself in the batter’s box and be prepared to react to the pitch.
The batter takes a few practice swings, then readies himself:
Ready Your Uniform
Assume Your Stance
Be warned, batsman: The twirler’s objective is to keep you from the bases by all means possible. He may use the drop ball, the in shoot, the out shoot, the change piece, the dizzy doodle, the once-over-twice-back, the rise ball, the split piece, the blood sop, the noodler, the curving ball, the slide piece, the daisy cutter, the circle change, the double trunks, or any other number of pitch types.
So when preparing for the pitch, it is important for the batter to know what to expect.
Watch Out for: FASTBALLS!
Watch Out for: BREAKING BALLS!
Watch Out for: FASTER FASTBALLS!
When the player puts the ball into play, the defense must adjust. If they catch the ball before it lands, then the batsman is declared out, and the next batter begins his battle. But if the ball lands between the white lines, then the action is declared fair and the defenders must try to either tag or force the player out.
This is usually accomplished with deft timing, swift and graceful relocations, and above all, nimble hands.
Defenders Must Keep on Their Game
Once a player reaches base safely, he must progress one base at a time until he has reached home plate, where he scores a run for his team. He may advance through the bases either from fellow teammates hitting the ball or through stealing bases when the pitcher is not looking.
This means that when a player is in between bases, he is not safe. And it is his duty to advance safely whenever possible.
Hustle on the Bases
This delicate balance between safe and out, stationary and stealing, leads to many dramatic confrontations between the pitcher and runner. These two players fight in a game of wits and timing and prediction.
And always, always wear your cup and helmet.
Don’t Be a Hero
Of course, times will come when fun feels a lot like nervousness. In these times, the best players will use that energy and use it well.