Baseball is a game of failure.
A .300 batting average is considered good and no-hitters are rare. However, no matter how many times a player strikes out or how many hits a pitcher allows, they can always redeem themselves in the next at bat with a homer or throw a scoreless inning the next time they take the mound.
I've given you the bad news first with the worst feelings in Major League Baseball, so now I'll leave you with the best.
There's nothing better for a pitcher than to get a player out that he's already allowed on base. Whether it be through a double play, catching someone stealing, or picking off a man at first, it's a great way to get out of an inning.
It is even better than a strikeout because it is a way of cleaning up your mistakes.
If you catch a player disrespecting you by taking a big lead and manage to send them back to the dugout, the feeling is sweeter than turning sixteen.
Best Case Scenario: It is the final out of a championship-clinching World Series game.
Worst Case Scenario: You pick off the guy at first, but the runner on third steals home in the process.
There's no doubt it's a great feeling for a player when he makes solid contact with the ball and knows for certain that it will be leaving the park.
Sometimes they just stand there and watch the ball fly into the stands and calmly toss their bat aside as they prepare to round the bases at their own pace.
Your teammates will be giving you fist bumps in the dugout and there is a kind of pride in knowing that you did your job in providing your team with an instant run, possibly even more.
Best Case Scenario: A walk-off grand slam ball travels to the upperdeck as your team wins Game 7 of the World Series.
Worst Case Scenario: You reach home on an inside the parker because the defense made multiple errors.
Any amazing defensive play in baseball make a player feel good inside.
A diving catch awakens the crowd almost as much as throwing someone out at the plate. However, what really can excite the fans as well as your teammates is pulling a homer back out of the seats.
Not to mention your pitcher will thank you, maybe even take you to dinner.
Best Case Scenario: You just saved the pitcher's perfect game.
Worst Case Scenario: You catch the ball, but fall over the fence and suffer a season-ending injury in the process.
When a player steals home, they've just accomplished one of the toughest and most exciting feats in baseball. Everyone cheers for them, except the opposing team of course, and they'll likely be seen on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays the next day.
Best Case Scenario: You slip past the catcher's tag for the game-winning run.
Worst Case Scenario: You steal home, but you break your's and the catcher's leg in the process.
No hitters are nice, but perfect games are phenomenal.
The instant a pitcher records the last out in such an outing, he cements himself in MLB history and is filled with greatest feeling that can be found on the mound.
Best Case Scenario: No man has ever pitched a perfect World Series game since Don Larsen in 1956.
Worst Case Scenario: You know in your heart you pitched a perfect game, but the umpire inexplicably called the potential last out safe at first.