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Baseball United Foundation: spreading the game to Ireland

Nov 20, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

Irish baseball cap

I’ve spoken in the past with John Fitzgerald of the Baseball United Foundation. He’s a good guy who is part of a cool organization, the goal of which is to fgrow the game of baseball in places where the game is relatively new. Places like Ireland, where the game has started to take hold over the past decade or two.

They do stuff like this:

Chicago White Sox scout John Tumminia and former MLB pitcher Rob Bell will be leading the group of baseball pros – known as The Baseball Miracles group – with the help of the Baseball United Foundation. The group is scheduled to visit Dublin and Limerick in January 2014.

“The clinics will help to further establish the game of youth baseball in Ireland,” explained Baseball United Foundation founder John Fitzgerald. “We’re very excited to bring such a high caliber of coaching and instruction to the kids who are playing the game in Dublin and those who want to begin playing in Limerick.”

Baseball was very much a game for Irish immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th century. Kinda cool that it’s taking hold back home now.

  1. nbjays - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Well, being able to have a pint of Guinness while watching a game has to beat the crap out of most of the swill served at ballparks.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Mmmmm, agreed.

      • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Ten cent Guinness on Bloomsday!

    • raysfan1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      http://www.hark.com/clips/dfhgqxrmcw-guinness-brilliant

  2. historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I appreciate that you used the Gaelic “fgrow” instead of the Anglicized “grow” there, Craig. Good morning. :)

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Every extra inning game that an Irish team plays is going to remind me of that great fistfight between John Wayne and Victor McLaghlen at the end of The Quiet Man – with the possible exception of the bar brawl in Shane, quite surely the greatest performance of pugilism in the history of the movies. Not only that, but we can now look forward to some rhubarbs that will really be rhubarbs. Backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball has cornered the market on extra-ludic thuggery for long enough. Or as the great mythologist Joseph Campbell, himself a true son of the peat sod, once enunciated the Irish motto: “Is this a private fight or can anyone join?”

      • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Epic…Homeric…

  3. raysfan1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Baseball Ireland’s website is also worth a visit:
    http://www.baseballireland.com

    I love that one of their teams is the Black Sox, using the White Sox logo.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      What about their crosstown rivals, the Tan Sox?

      • raysfan1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Guiness is black and tan.

        Thankfully I saw no RIC uniforms on the website.

      • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        I’ll pull out me pennywhistle and pay a tune while you pass the can around.

  4. Chipmaker - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I’ve been to Ireland. The ballpark food will be awful. The ballpark drinks, however, will be most excellent.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Irish food. Dear Buddha. Joints, hooves, snouts, tails, ligaments, knuckles, tendons, small white glands whose functions are not yet clearly understood, marrow, intestines, gizards, larynxes, lips (waste nothing in case the pataytas fail again), all boiled for hours to make them amenable to the cleaver, tossed with oat flakes, boiled again, deep fried, rolled, encased in mashed potatoes then served over gritty soda bread. What they really serve over there makes Jonathan Swift’s recipes look like Paul Prudhomme’s.

      Thank the dharmapalas for all those Dublin tandooris.

      • misterj167 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        They should try to get a team in Scotland just so you can hear a vendor yell “HAGGIS! GET YOUR HAGGIS HERE!”

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