Foul Ball

The foul ball came flying at me so quickly, I didn’t have time to duck out of the way. I was standing in the doorway of my teams dugout, when it struck me in the chest and knocked me down.

The ball dropped between my legs as I plopped on my backside. I picked it up and handed it to the other teams catcher as he rushed to recover the foul tip.

Suddenly I heard the umpire behind home-plate yell, “Out!”

He was pointing at our batter, who had hit the foul ball towards our dugout. This is how I found out a foul ball, still in play, touched by a player of the batter who hit the ball, causes that batter to be out.

It would turn out to be one of many rules about baseball nobody bothered to explain yet expected me to know. I learned most of them the hard way and this was jus’ Little League.


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