Let me tell you how I think the game of baseball started.
Some guy threw a rock at some other guy.
The other guy was pissed, and the first guy said “Take that stick and try to hit it back at me.”
The second guy said “Ok”, and then proceeded to get hit with the rock again.
Well, this time, he had a stick, so he proceeded to beat the shit out of the first guy with the stick.
Then the first guy said “Alright, alright. Let’s be civilized.” And they both knew that throwing rocks and hitting rocks was fun, so they came up with rules.
And that’s why the rules of baseball seem so weird: because it was a game constructed simply to keep men from killing each other due to having too much fun with balls and sticks.
…And don’t most rules come for that very reason?