Welcome to the wonderful and addicting world of Baseball. To a casual fan it can seem pretty boring but as you watch more games and start to understand some of the inner workings of the game it can be very entertaining. There are many things that a casual fan might not realize even exist or understand, lefty/righty matchups, hitters or pitchers ballparks, rules behind things like fair or foul balls, balks, or the 23 ways for a batter to reach 1st base.
The easiest way to follow baseball is to watch as many games as you can, preferably with someone who is very knowledgeable about the game. If something happens that you don't understand, and it will, you can ask them, "What was up with that?" There is a saying that if you watch a game close enough you'll see something you've never seen before. If you don't catch a game every day try to make it a habit of at least watching Baseball Tonight on ESPN as often as you can. That will keep you up on what happened that day and you won't fall behind in your friends convos anymore. A great day to watch baseball is Saturday. Fox has it's Game of the Week which airs at 4 pm EST in which you get to watch a game that is outside of your home area. Before the game they play an episode of This Week in Baseball which shows you lots of cool things like micro-phoned players on the field and other things that teams did around the league that week.
Another great way to learn about baseball is to find a good blog that follows your favorite team. I'm an A's fan and it's hard for me to go a day without visiting http://www.athleticsnation.com
, it's a wealth of info. ESPN can be an ok source of info but it can be heavily East Coast biased especially to the New York and Boston fan bases. If you're in that area then it's great I guess. Try http://www.sbnation.com/mlb
, they're league wide good sources for anything news worthy. The "Baseball Leftovers" area of these forums is also a good place to get the fantasy spin on just about anything that hit the news.
Fantasy Baseball isn't like fantasy Football. To be good at fantasy Baseball you have to keep up on things a lot more often then in Football. Football you can check the news once a week and decide who you'll play on your team that weekend. If you're in a Baseball league which allows daily roster moves (most of them) you need to pay attention to lots of things; pitcher/hitter matchups, if one one your players got dinged up the night before and will miss a game or two, routine days off, putting your starting pitchers into your lineup that are getting a start that day.
Once you get your league set up you'll have more questions that I can't really help with right now. Leagues vary by type; Points, Roto, Head-to-Head. Also need to know other things like drafted positions, stats counted, etc. Learn what type of league you'll be in come back with more question and/or do a search for what the differences are and strategies that differ in each type.
P.S. If my post was helpful click the 'post feedback' button!