Yeah, I know what you were thinking. But, I mean first base literally.
A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook asking how many ways a batter can safely reach first base in baseball. I just today got around to finding out the answer, and I was pretty surprised.
A hit, a walk (bases on balls), hit-by-pitch, an intentional walk, catcher drops strike three and fan interference. But, that was all I could come up with on my own.
Turns out? The answer is: 23. Pffft. Talk about easy …
What are they, you ask? Read this post from How Stuff Works to find out.
My favorite: “A game is suspended with a runner on first (maybe for rain) and that player is traded to another team before the makeup; another player can take his place.”