So guys, Now it's time for a post in here.
I didn't want to open a new thread, but perhaps a "rules-thread" would have been good, but that would have made me look too uninformed.
Thing is, Baseball is one of the sports I always found attractive in a certain way. Just the mix of the way of playing it, the fan culture, the stadiums, etc. It's ot that we Europeans know a lot of Baseball, I'd rather say that we/I only know the very basic facts about it. You know some clubs, heard of innings, pitcher 'n' batter .. and that's it, oh and Joe DiMaggio through Mrs.Robinson.
At university I've read about the famous Baseball grounds in Boston and Chicago and that got me interested in it again a bit more.
And from the start of this season now I can watch the MLB on NASN on TV and I thought about giving it a try.
A problem for me was always that I didn't understand it totally, which made a Baseball game a bit lengthy. On holiday last October I saw a game from the Dominican Republic league, and it was a bit difficult to get into it, if you know what I mean.
I got to know the rules a lot better now, so I don't sit in front of the TV wondering what's happening anymore. At least as long as no special rule comes into foce.
So I need your help at two other first questions.
First of all, what's up with the strange league schedule. The teams play 3-5 or 6 games in a row against each other. Why is there not a more mixed schedule like, for example, in the NHL. Is there a deeper reason behind it?
Another question is, what does it mean when I read bottom 6, top 6 or something like that when I look at a fixture. Strangely I saw that yesterday, but can't find it now.
Ok, there is one stupid rules question though.
If the batter runs to the 2nd base after he has hit the ball does the other team have to throw the ball to the 2nd base or to the first base? I think 2nd, am I right? You see.. Europeans.
Well, and about teams... for no special reason, or just because of history and so on I somehow like BoSox, the Mets and the Cubs.
And then I want to renew Andrés Iniestas question: Which teams do you guys think to be the best this season? I really don't have a clue which players are good, nor do I know any specific player. I only remember the player Fukudome from the Baseball programme I saw yesterday.
So, get me into Baseball.