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Discussion: Its quite obvious

in: BigWillyStyle; BigWillyStyle > 2017-07-11

Jul 17, 2017 8:56 AM # 
See, when a player hits "Koppi", it means that they hit a high hit that goes way back to the "Koppari" and they (presumably) catch it. If the fielding team catches the ball while runners are NOT on base, then they can be hit with a "Palo" (not to be confused with a "Pallo") if they do not make it to the base they are going to before the fielding team throws it to that base. But, if the "lyöjä" hits it high enough in the air, then the "etenijä" can make it to the "pesä" before the ball gets there, and therefore it is "haava" and all of the "etenijät" that were off their bases when the ball was caught are out of the field, but no "palo" is given. Sometimes the fielders will deliberately drop it to force the slow runners to stay on the base.

Therefore, the defending team is happy because they cleared the bases, and the offense team is happy because they got all their slower runners off the field without suffering from any "paloja". Everybody celebrates!

Its just that simple! Come to Finland and we'll take in a game. Be team leader at WUOC next year!

And remember, the best part about that particular field in the video is that the field is surrounded by a river, so if the ball makes it over there, well, better be ready to get your feet wet! Fast forward to 8:30 and you can see a play where it ALMOST goes in the creek, and its a big deal.

You'll ALSO be amused to know that this weekend is the Finnish Baseball World Cup. Its a real thing. Featuring teams from Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Australia, India (of all places), and the USA. I'll be there watching and praying no one asks me to play.
Jul 17, 2017 9:11 AM # 
Jul 20, 2017 4:49 AM # 
The Finnish Baseball World Cup! How exciting! I will pay handsomely for a Team USA pesapallo jersey. Maybe the Indians are guys who got cut from the cricket team?

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