What makes this story interesting is that almost no one on the Israeli baseball team was ever in Israel and many are just marginally Jewish. Same was true for the Israeli basketball team and the Israeli chess team. If they had to rely on native Israelis in almost any endeavor, Isarel would hardly be noticed anywhere in the world. Just a real schnorrer nation. (Pearls from my cantankerous eldest brother)

September 24, 2016

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Looking to grow game, two ex-Mets and others suit up for Israel


Only a handful of Israel’s players at the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament have ever actually set foot in the country they are representing. All but two are Americans, mostly minor leaguers with a Jewish parent, grandparent or wife. “We all come here for a common goal,” said ex-Met Ike Davis, who had a pinch-hit RBI single in Israel’s game-changing four-run seventh. Ex-Met Josh Satin, who retired from Major League Baseball months ago at age 31, felt strongly enough about being a role model and recruiter he was in Brooklyn despite pregnant wife Allyson being due to deliver their child in California on Sunday, when Israel hopes to be playing in the double-elimination final (Friday’s game against Brazil is at noon because of the Sabbath.).