So, a few of you decided to alert me to the XKCD baseball comic today. Lemme tell you, if you think the standard rules of baseball are strange, YOU DO NOT KNOW THE FULL STORY.
Baseball has been around a long fucking time and was played by a whole bunch of corrupt people. People have been bending the rules for a hundred years, creating a hodge podge of weird shit you can and can't get away with.
One of my favorite rules is 7.08 (i) After he has acquired legal possession of a base, he runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game. The umpire shall immediately call “Time” and declare the runner out;Making a travesty
(I've also heard it as Making a Mockery, which I prefer) is a nice way of telling people to stop fucking with the game on purpose. It supposedly originated with Germany Shaefer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany_Schaefer
), a man known for stealing bases backward specifically to mess with the pitcher.