How Baseball's National League Works

Author's Note

Have you ever invited someone from another country to a professional baseball game? You might as well be buying them a ticket to Mars. Americans love baseball. We love the arcane rules, the box scores, the overpriced hot dogs and the seventh inning stretch. But try to explain any of this to your foreign friend and he will nod politely while mentally blocking out your detailed deconstruction of the infield fly rule. Yes, it's a strange game, but I love the fact that there are still two "leagues" in Major League Baseball and that fans can still get worked up enough to dislike the other league for its designated hitter rule or its oddly proportioned ballparks.

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