Foreigners seem to have a difficult time understanding baseball. It is a rather simple game, which explains its appeal to Americans. I, on the other hand, do not understand cricket, from which baseball descends. Then again, I have never been to a game or let someone explain the rules. I simply cannot accept something as being a sport or game in which the players stop for afternoon tea. I enjoy afternoon tea, but in a plush London hotel with piano music accompaniment.
Many years ago, I discovered the below-reproduced document and added it to my collection of things I collect. I do not know the source and author. There must be someone out there that has wondered about or that needs to know this...
(as explained to a foreign visitor)
You have two sides: one out in the field and one in.
Each man that’s on the side that’s in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
When three men are out the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out nine times, including not outs,
That’s the end of the game.
I must admit that I understood the game much better before reading this. It helps to grow up playing baseball. Doing is easier than teaching....
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.