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Baseball in Iran? Why, sure!

Apr 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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Iran has baseball. And a national team. I did not know this. But now, thanks to John Fitzgerald at Baseball United, I do.

John interviewed the coach of the Iranian national team and learned that they’ve been playing baseball in Iran for almsot 20 years. It’s still an extremely niche sport — its Unites States associations aren’t anywhere near as problematic for it as the fact that it is not soccer — but they’ve been playing in some international tournaments against mostly south Asian teams. They even have a Facebook page.

And then there is the video montage, set to Blur because, well, why not?

Cool stuff. Support baseball’s takeover of the world.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Baseball: now more unifying than the call to eradicate all David Hasslehoff musical attempts.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      It wasn’t easy…but nothing is. Woo-Hoo!

  2. El Bravo - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Team name guesses:

    1. Tehran Rebels

    2. Yazd Desert Warriors

    3. Tabriz Breeze

    4. Gombad-e Kavus Yankees

    5. Zahedan Zionists…or not

    6. Persepolis Persian Panthers

    7. Mashhad Mashers

    • kopy - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      I’d wager that Manny Ramirez will be playing for the Persian Panthers in 5 years.

  3. nineroutsider - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Notice the 2 religious overlords (Mullahs) on the center-field billboards? I heard that Bud Selig has it written into contract that all stadiums must display the same billboard of him upon his death. That prospect is even more creepy than the Mullahs.

    Seriously though, glad I watched the video as that is awesome. They must be on the Shah Sympathizer list in Iran though…

  4. sdelmonte - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Another sign that many Iranians don’t regard us as “the Great Satan” and would be quite happy to kick our butts through sports instead of through war.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Why do you hate America?

      Iran must be destroyed. Only by unloading our entire nuclear arsenal into the heart of Tehran until its been bombed back into its component atoms will we be safe.

      You liberal gun-hating peaceniks make me sick.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Whoa, I mean lean toward supporting the second amendment, and it pisses me off on a hundred different levels that the older brother in the boston thing was also collecting welfare apparently, but man, you can’t just go off nuking an entire country in 2013.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        You must’ve left off your sarcasm font indicator or something. Surely…

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        The fact that so few people got the joke is pretty sad.

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:43 AM

      But the girls team is having problems seeing the pitches thru the berka visors. Team batting average is .125 and falling fast……………………………

  5. 13arod - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    if you didn’t notice there is baseball in every city now not joking

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Even in the city of Mudville, given it’s history?!?

      • Gamera the Brave - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        True, blue, but there is no joy there…

  6. detroitr1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    And here I thought getting players out of Cuba was politically challenging…

    How’s their bullpen?

    • quizguy66 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      @detroitr1 didn’t see your name with your comment but figured you might be a Cubs or Tigers fan since you’re asking about relievers :)
      -QG

  7. mazblast - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Did you not know that baseball is ancient Persian game, pure and holy in the eyes of Allah? Was stolen by evil Zionist Americans and perverted by Zionist lackeys.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Now that’s funny.

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      Borsch Belt humor attempt. Bad one.Way too Jewish

  8. jm91rs - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Number 31 for the blue team’s last name is Baseball. He was born to play. I bet he’s gritty as hell.

  9. vallewho - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Darvish is half Iranian, so the country has already produced talent.

  10. jwbiii - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    They’re ranked #45 in the world, tied with the Palau Melekeok Mashers.

    http://www.ibaf.org/en/infopage-detail.aspx?id=149f4e9a-9427-4a7b-b8df-18ab77845d33

    • 4d3fect - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Indonesia is ahead of them both at 32? WTH?

  11. seahonky - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Send the Mariners over there. Maybe they can win a few games there. Oh wait. Franklin Gutierrez might get some sand in his eyes and go on DL

  12. carlodj - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    My Iranian brother-in-law told me that the game has had a very old version in Iran, used to be called “Chaal toop” and played with clenched fists without a bat but otherwise similar to baseball. Home plate used to be called a “chaal,” circled with chalk or charcoal, and “toop” means a ball in Persian.

  13. badintent - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Iranian New Year celebrated with a leap over a fire. Think MLB should do that for each homer ?

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