How To Play First Base
Every kid in the schoolyard during recess knows how to play first base, do you? Of all the positions in baseball, people love to play first base, a hot spot for the in-game action. The history of baseball in America is rich, and it shares its ancestry with other popular bat-ball sports such as cricket, softball, and rounders. Around the mid 1800's, baseball craze hit America and teams began forming all around the nation. The MLB (Major League Baseball) joined in to formally organize all baseball teams in the nation in 1869.
Anyway, here is what you will need to play first base:
- Stay as far from first base as possible. Now, before you head out into the right-field, don't position yourself too far. The first base player needs to be ready to catch balls in his general vicinity and run back like all hell is chasing him. So, rule of thumb: far enough to catch, close enough to sprint back.
- "Hold" that runner! If the runner on first base is threatening to steal, have your foot on the inside of the base. If the idiot makes a run for it, the pitcher should be smart enough to throw the ball to you in time.
- Right-handed first base players should play a little closer. This is due to the fact that left-handed batters can knock balls more towards right-field, which is your direction. Considering your right hand is closer to left-field, try taking one step closer to your base, champ.
- Don't be afraid to leave the base for a little to help the pitcher, catcher or second baseman. While the job of first base is his home "territory," there is nothing wrong with helping the three infielders around you if need be. On bunts, first base is often expected to aid the pitcher or catcher in a double out if at all possible.
Those who play first base can often make quick decisions and use their split second reactions to take runners out. The key to this position is to remain calm under pressure, yet have the guts to execute game-saving plays.