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Kevin Durant Wins Gold In Men’s Individual Basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO—Beating out Serbian Nikola Jokic by .87 points in order to claim the all-around title, U.S. forward Kevin Durant won Olympic gold Friday in men’s individual basketball, becoming the first man to win consecutive golds in the competition since Gary Payton at the 1996 and 2000 Games.

Michael Phelps Spots Estranged Father Poseidon In Stands

RIO DE JANEIRO—Immediately recognizing the booming, thunderous voice he hadn’t heard since he was 5 years old as he warmed up ahead of his first heat in the 200-meter individual medley, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly spotted his long-estranged father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, cheering for him Thursday in the stands of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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Unwritten Rules Of Baseball

Baseball is a sport rich in tradition, and many of its most sacred rules and practices are passed from player to player. Onion Sports lists the most revered of baseball's unwritten rules:

  • Never go underneath the catcher's legs when entering the batter's box
  • A manager should be detached from the players and never once talk to or acknowledge them during the regular season
  • When a ball is hit directly up into the sky, it is customary to locate yourself beneath the downward trajectory of the ball and attempt to have it land in your glove
  • Speaking about a perfect game or no-hitter in progress is strictly forbidden; instead, gesture wildly at the scoreboard so your pitcher knows what's at stake
  • Many find it surprising, but there is no rule stating you have to wear a helmet while batting—baseball players are just superstitious
  • Secret of the infield fly rule must be kept from outsiders
  • It's bad luck to speak with a pitcher who is in the middle of his windup
  • If a batter hits a home run, the pitcher is allowed to pelt him with baseballs for the rest of his life
  • In a bench-clearing brawl, do not punch the batboy unless you are an opposing batboy or down more than 10 runs

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