Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ein simcha bikhfar ha-botz

If you understood the allusion in the headline, you probably agree with Michael Freund:

Why Israel needs baseball

Should we sing "Buy me some peanuts and sunflower seeds"?


David Boxenhorn said...

The story is more interesting than most people know. Here it is.

Zman Biur said...


Thanks for the pointer. I had forgotten how wonderful the poem is. It captures the spirit of baseball so perceptively and timelessly. I can't conceive of a similar epic written about any other sport.

kaspit said...

The article is ok but the author is terribly opinionated. And to bring up 1986 in such a callous way. Only since last year have I been able think about it w/some serenity.

Kaspit (

Plenty of good baseball books, too

Zman Biur said...


Opinionated? Mike Freund? Wherever would you get such an idea?

And I'm with you about 1986 - I was visiting New York during the World Series, sitting in a cafe with the game on, cheering on the Red Sox. The locals were not pleased.

Notice that he doesn't mention the questionable Jewish values behind that other unique baseball play: the steal!