Part two: Watching A Game, is to help the newbie fan with basic game lingo.
It will come in handy especially when watching a game on TV or listening on the radio to start to understand the announcers jargon and relating it to whats going on in the game.
BASEBALL’S BASIC LINGO:
Bat: If you don’t know this, STOP and forget baseball.
Bases Empty: Bases are empty.
Bases Loaded: Runner on every base.
Catcher‘s Box: The box the catcher squats in behind home-plate.
Coaches Box: The area where the first base and a third base coach stand behind the respected bases within the chalk. The team who is at bat has these two coaches in position to tell the runners when to stop, or keep on running.
Pitcher’s Mound: The pile of dirt where the pitcher stands when throwing a pitch. Equidistance from first and third base, but closer to home-plate than to second base.
At Bat: Is the team that is currently batting.
Batting Order: The order that a team bats in, the “top of the order” are the stronger hitters.
On Deck Circle: The player next in line to bat. Found right outside the dugout warming up his swing until it is his turn.
Foul Lines: Two lines (typically white) that extend from home-plate to first and third bases, continuing all the way to the furtherest points in left and right outfield. The end is represented by a right and a left foul pole.
Fair Territory: The area inside the foul lines.
Foul Territory: The areas outside the foul lines.
Ball: When a batter doesn’t swing at a pitch thrown outside of the strike-zone.
Count: The number of balls and strikes the hitter at bat has accumulated. The first number is balls and the second is strikes. EXAMPLE: The count is 2-2….the batter has 2 balls and 2 strikes. EXAMPLE 2: The count is 3-1….the batter has 3 balls and 1 strike.