Beginner's Guide to Baseball
1. We all know the baseball euphemisms: first base, second base, third base, and home run. Just like in life, the goal in baseball is to get on one of the bases. And the farther you get to, the better.
2. The goal of the game is to score runs. Whichever team scores more runs, wins. To score a run, a player must touch all three bases and the home plate (the four white dots on the field).
3. While one team is trying to score runs, the other team is trying to get them out. Once three players are out, the teams switch sides.
4. The game starts with the pitcher of one team throwing to the batter of another team. At this time, the pitcher can get the batter out by throwing really well. If the batter misses the ball or hits the ball out of bounds, he's out.
5. If the batter hits the ball and it stays within bounds, then the rest of the pitcher's team can try to get the batter out. First of all, they can catch the ball before it lands on the ground. That's an automatic out. Also, they can get to a base before he does or tag him while he's running, as long as they have the ball in their gloves.
To summarize, one team is trying to get on base and the other team is trying to stop them. Even if a batter gets past the pitcher, he's still got many bases to hit and lots of players trying to get him out.