I played this game as a kid. It’s a blast. He’s waiting for the pitch and to swing at the ball and hit it over the fence!
Lynn says that he didn’t play baseball but he did play softball. He played softball as a kid. The ball is softball is bigger so it’s little easier to hit, but it’s still hard.
These kids don’t have uniforms so it’s more of a backyard game.
Jan played softball when Sarah was a child. She also was a coach for Sarah. Jan is the real expert.
The boy looks intense. Do you think he’s going to hit the ball? He’s going to swing really hard. There’s another little boy behind the batter. He’s ready with a mitt to catch the ball if the batter misses.
After you hit the ball, it’s time to run. The batter runs the bases. It’s not too far!
The pitcher throws the ball to home plate. The plate is shaped like a diamond. Behind the plate is the catcher to catch the ball if it’s missed.
The batter gets three chances to hit the ball. If the pitch is good, he must strike. The umpire is there to determine if the pitch is good. Three strikes: if the batter doesn’t hit one of those balls, he’s out!
If the batter hits the ball, he runs to the first base. There will be a player there to catch the ball and touch him with it. Then the batter will be out. The batter slides into the base if an opponent is coming at the base at the same time.
There’s this other thing that can happen. The batter can run through all the bases. But if he misses touching one of the bases, he will still be out…..All of that wasted energy!
The catcher wears a mask, a chest plate, and leg protectors to keep safe behind the batter. He could be hit by the ball or even by the bat if the batter throws it wildly. It’s a dangerous spot.
Sarah go to the baseball games for the snacks. Marcia would take her own snack. She was always concerned that Dave wouldn’t like it so she always fixed things he liked.
There’s a lot of food and drink at a baseball game. You eat food and visit until something exciting happens. In baseball it sometimes takes a long time for something exciting to happen.
At the baseball game you have hot dogs. In Cincinnati, you have Greek Chili on your hot dog. It’s really good. Popcorn….beer – by the ton. If not beer, soda…..peanuts and crackerjacks (It’s in a box and there are prizes in the box.)….pretzels – soft pretzels dipped in cheese sauce. This is serious eating.
You don’t have to be in the game to get injured. You can get injured by hot cheese….or a stray ball. Fans catch a foul ball often. Sometimes there’s a fight for it. After the game, you get the ball signed by the player.
It can be kind of nasty.
It can be a long day.