Baseball: The National Sport of the USA

What we know as modern-day baseball is a far cry from the bat-and-ball games of mid-18th-century England that it evolved from (fun fact!). The sport reached the shores of North America around the turn of the 19th-century and it’s is now recognized as the national sport of the United States. Professional Major League Baseball (MLB) is split between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), and each of these is then split into three divisions: East, West, and Central. The highlight of the MLB season is, of course, the always highly anticipated World Series.

The number of players appearing on team benches and the pitch varies according to the level of play, but a Major League Baseball team features 25 players including pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders, and substitutes. Also heavily involved are the manager and two (or more!) coaches, each with specific roles. Unlike in other sports, you can expect to see the manger and coaches on field and even in team uniform. Another famous aspect of baseball is the communicative hand signals used by the catcher; they use these to communicate with and prompt the pitcher to play fast balls (one finger), curve balls (two fingers), sliders (three fingers) and other types of play – a clever little tactic that has become vital to the game!

Key Hand Signals

Baseball, unlike most other field games, is not played to set times but features nine innings. Today, the average game takes around 3.5 hours, and you can usually expect plenty of entertainment, food, beer and atmosphere to enjoy before and during game-time. As well as being played at college and professional levels, baseball is an official part of the physical education curriculum in every school, with many young players also taking part in Little League Baseball teams after school and at weekends.

College Baseball

With around 50,000 college baseball players split between more than 1,500 college baseball programs, it's no surprise that college baseball is a big spectator sport.

When the college baseball season starts depends on which division you are following. If you’re wanting to catch some top-class college baseball from Division I teams, you’ll be looking at dates from February – and you can turn to FlixBus for your ticket for the trip to the stadium. The college season culminates with the College World Series which is held annually at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, in June, and you can ride there in comfort with FlixBus, too.

If you’re wanting to catch a live stadium game, why not take a look at our FlixBus destinations to start planning your journey? Keep in touch with Wi-Fi access along the way, while comfortable FlixBus seats mean you'll arrive with plenty of energy to enjoy the game. College teams currently on FlixBus routes include the:

  • California State Golden Bears
  • Stanford Cardinals
  • Arizona State Sun Devils
  • USC Trojans
  • University of Arizona Wildcats
  • UCLA Bruins
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels
  • San Jose State Spartans
  • Nevada State Wolf Pack
  • Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Sacramento State Hornets

Popular Bus Routes to Games

Las Vegas, NV ↔ Los Angeles, CA Tucson, AZ ↔ Phoenix-Tempe, AZ
San Jose, CA ↔ Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA ↔ Los Angeles, CA

Professional Baseball

The professional baseball season is a little different, with spring training starting as early as February and the main season not ending until late September – and then the MLB Postseason Elimination Tournament taking place right through until the end of October. That’s a lot of action in a year.

Get a preview of the season by booking your FlixBus ticket to Phoenix Arizona. Here, you can get up close and personal with teams and individual players at the Cactus League - Spring Training at Salt River Fields. Watch half of the league's teams as they prepare for the coming season. Players mingle with fans in a sun-soaked setting of unique architecture, entertainment, and autograph areas. After this, both players and fans are ready for all the fun of the 2019 professional season which runs from late March until late October.

With 30 professional baseball teams in the United States, it's easy to plan your FlixBus journey around the best games. Our routes cover the following teams and their ballparks:

  • San Francisco Giants at the AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • San Diego Padres at Petco Park, San Diego
  • Los Angeles Dodgers at the Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Los Angeles Angels at the Angel Stadium, LA
  • Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Fields, Phoenix

Popular Bus Routes to Games

Las Vegas, NV ↔ Oakland and East Bay, CA Los Angeles, CA ↔ San Francisco, CA
Las Vegas, NV ↔ Phoenix-Tempe, AZ San Diego, CA ↔ Los Angeles, CA