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    zahavasdad
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    I know most of you dont follow sports, but you might be interested in the Team Israel in the World Baseball classic. They are not really Israelis, but American Jews (The rules allow you to play for a country if you qualify for citizenship)

    Among other things the players are wearing Kippot under their hats, They are really playing up the Jewish Pride and showing a Kiddush Hashem even though before the tournament most had little connection to Judaism and many were the products of mixed marriges like Former Mets Ike Davis and Ty Kelly (Both have Jewish Mothers)

    #1225620

    simcha613
    Participant

    I found this quote by catcher Ryan Lavarnaway particularly insightful and meaningful:

    #1225621

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    Here in CT we are very proud of winning Pitcher Joshua Zeid (born and raised in my hometown…New Haven). Josh formerly played for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.

    I have the pleasure to have known his parents and grandparents. He is not the product of a mixed marriage as the OP claims many of the players are. J

    #1225622

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Team israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 with their Mascot, Mench on a Bench

    #1225623

    nishtdayngesheft
    Participant

    “Team israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 with their Mascot, Mench on a Bench”

    Wow, that must have been some sight.

    I wonder if Mench on a Bench was hurt during the beating.

    #1225624

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    The mench on a bench is doing quite well, Team israel is feeding it Gefilte Fish and manischewitz Wine.

    The Mench on a Bench has become one of the Stars of the World baseball Classic

    #1225625

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Joking aside (The team has decided to take a fun approach to the games) and even added a trending hashtag #jewcrew

    At least 2 of the players were brought up as catholics (They are Halachic jews) and because of the WBC have decided to look into their jewish roots. If the team can reclaim a lost jew, It will be worth it.

    #1225626

    ahron
    Participant

    they are moving on to the next round of the wbc

    #1225627

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    They just beat Cuba 4-1

    The team even had a special Megillah reading which Im not sure many of them had ever had before

    #1225628

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    ZD….

    they certainly never had the Megillah reading in the baseball dugout before. Saw a video online of the event

    #1225629

    lesschumras
    Participant

    CT, he didn’t say all were from mixed marriages, he said most

    #1225630

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    lesschumras……………

    and my post says the OP said ‘many’ were from mixed marriages. I did not say all.

    So, please save your corrections for errors, I believe that 51% which is most could also properly be termed as many.

    #1225631

    lesschumras
    Participant

    Well, you seemed to be disproving his statement by citing one player from a non_mixed marriage

    #1225632

    akuperma
    Participant

    It is for all purposes a team of Americans of Jewish descent – not a bad idea, and interesting that they are doing well. It might be nice if there was a serious Israeli interest in baseball, but there isn’t. And while many frum Jews like baseball, and always have (baseball players don’t try to injure each other, they wear clothes, the sport is open to people of all shapes and sizes, and brains are a big part of the game), it is unlikely a frum Jew would ever reach the level necessary to play on a national team since high-level baseball is routinely played on Shabbos.

    #1225633

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    lesschumras………..

    you read too much into things that are not written there.

    I spoke about one player from my hometown, whose parents and grandparents I know. I pointed out that he is not one of the ‘most’ players of mixed parentage as described by the OP.

    I did not attempt to disprove anything. I have no personal knowledge of any of the other players

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