If you are the visiting team set to play a game against the Preston Cheetahs, for now, be prepared to tattoo a big "L" on your forehead. The Texas AA baseball team has turned the game on its head by implementing its own rules to games held in its stadium. Four strikes is an out for the home team batter, as opposed to three for the visitors. How are they getting away with this?
The team is using the literal definition of "ground rules" as the basis for creating a distinct advantage in earning a win. Manager of the Cheetahs, Ray Brown, when asked for comment stated, "Read your rule book. Ground rules are different for every stadium in the league, and are based on each particular ballpark."
He has somewhat of a point, because ground rules do vary from park to park, but normally pertain to the physical structure of the individual stadium, not the actual playing rules. However, the Cheetahs have granted themselves the right to circle the bases twice for each home run, which doubles their score, an extra base for a successful base steal, and visiting teams must use a position player to pitch instead of their regular pitchers.
An opposing manager has sued Brown with a complaint against the unorthodox rule changes he's created. Wishing to remain anonymous, the suing manager stated that he would change the rules at his stadium so that the words to Take Me Out To The Ball Game will say "buy me some peanuts and cracker jackasses."