Stretching from home plate to the outfield wall, two simple white stripes separate foul from fair—and serve as sight lines for a unique perspective on the game
While scrambling down one baseline, Cardinal Luis Alicea tracked the path of his bunt down the other, as Dodger Mike Piazza gave pursuit.
With a base hit comes the option of making a parabolic run to first, a liberty taken by Dave Gallagher of the Braves, but a player caught in a rundown, like the Mets' Bobby Bonilla, must maintain a straight course.
Play is fast and furious along the line between third and home: Oriole catcher Jeff Tackett was late tagging the Blue Jays' John Olerud, but the Reds' Barry Larkin got a good jump on Brian Hunter's smash.
Baseball rules don't include specs for foul lines, which are usually three inches wide, made of ground chalk and well kempt.
Arbiter of balls hit toward right, Rick Reed stood half-fair, half-foul near first, which had to wait for the line to be lined before going in.
It's called a foul line, but as Mariner catcher Dan Wilson knows all too well, a ball touching chalk is fair.