Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Baseball

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, right, is congratulated by catcher Yan Gomes after the Indians defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Hey, it’s baseball season! This game requires a glove and a moving bat, but it’s got nothing to do with vampires.

It takes place on a “diamond,” or four bases arranged in a square. There aren’t real diamonds involved, so players won’t get distracted by bright stones.

Offensive players take turns trying to hit a ball thrown by the defensive team’s pitcher. However, if the batter thumps the other team’s player or an umpire with his bat, he might be called out, and possibly jailed.

So, the batter hits the ball, and runs around the bases. If he touches all bases correctly, he scores a ran. If he runs them randomly, he is considered “wacky,” and is called out.

Eight defensive players with gloves surround the bases. They catch the ball, and throw it to their teammates…who hopefully expect it.

I would still like to play baseball myself, but I only wear gloves in winter…and I’m scared of flying bats.

Rix Quinn is a former magazine publisher who works as an independent biographer and broadcaster.

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