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Americans Export Baseball to Iraq
Talon News ^ | 6/15/2004 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 06/15/2004 6:27:27 AM PDT by ConservativeMajority

(Talon News) -- While politicians and diplomats are busy exporting democracy to Iraq, a group of citizens is sending the America's national pastime to children of the newly liberated country.

Corporal Bryan Post, stationed in Iraq with the First Marine Division, is coordinating the Iraqi Baseball Project (IBP). He and his fellow Marines will devote their spare time to teaching Iraqi children the game of baseball. It is one of the many little-known efforts to win the hearts and minds of the long-suffering Iraqis.

Volunteers are collecting new and used baseball equipment for shipment overseas.

Bob Taylor, a former Marine who saw active duty in Lebanon in the late 1950s and several other hotspots, is spearheading the stateside effort. He is the author of "A Few Good Memories," a light-hearted collection of Marine Corps boot camp stories.

The IBP has expanded its scope to other sports beside baseball. Equipment is being collected for softball, soccer, and football as well. Taylor said the first shipment left the United States on Monday with others to follow.

The IBP is a completely non-profit effort, with funds being collected to pay for shipping expenses and equipment purchases. Contact information is available online at www.caironet.com/Iraqi-Baseball

Copyright © 2004 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: baseball; iraq

1 posted on 06/15/2004 6:27:28 AM PDT by ConservativeMajority
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To: ConservativeMajority

Do you have any contact info for this program?


2 posted on 06/15/2004 6:32:28 AM PDT by sean327 (9-1-1: Government Sponsored Dial-A-Prayer.)
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To: sean327

Contact information is available online at www.caironet.com/Iraqi-Baseball


3 posted on 06/15/2004 6:34:22 AM PDT by ConservativeMajority
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To: ConservativeMajority

Montreal Expos are looking for a new home....


4 posted on 06/15/2004 6:34:31 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

Haven't Iraqis suffered enough?


5 posted on 06/15/2004 6:37:26 AM PDT by ConservativeMajority
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To: ConservativeMajority

It could be worse, it could be golf.


6 posted on 06/15/2004 6:39:34 AM PDT by CaptainK
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To: dakine

There is still a baseball team in Montreal???


7 posted on 06/15/2004 6:41:21 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: ConservativeMajority

Isn't soccer the predominant team sport in that region? Somehow, I doubt the Iraqis are going to take up with a game as slow and boring as baseball.


8 posted on 06/15/2004 6:44:02 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: ConservativeMajority; Poohbah; Long Cut; Pukin Dog; section9; Dog; Dog Gone; daviddennis; Howlin; ..

Hopefully, the DH and artificial turf make their way to Iraq... of course, the NL still needs to adopt the DH, and teams seem to be running away from artificial turf.


9 posted on 06/15/2004 6:56:07 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: hchutch
Hopefully, the DH and artificial turf make their way to Iraq... of course, the NL still needs to adopt the DH, and teams seem to be running away from artificial turf.

WTF?

It's bad enough you're for the DH rule....but you like artificial turf too ?!?!?

10 posted on 06/15/2004 7:05:10 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: ConservativeMajority

Can't wait for them to learn the "suicide squeeze" play.


11 posted on 06/15/2004 7:06:40 AM PDT by GRANGER (Must-issue states have safer streets.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen; Poohbah; section9; Dog; veronica; Howlin

Yeah... I like the DH and artificial turf.

The latter works in domed stadiums. I had a doubleheader I had tickets to cancelled a week ago Saturday because of rain.

Rainouts are EVIL.

Besides, the ball goes faster on artificial turf - more chance for doubles and triples as opposed to singles.


12 posted on 06/15/2004 7:14:57 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: ConservativeMajority
a group of citizens is sending the America's national pastime to children of the newly liberated country

Well, hey--it worked in Japan.

Perhaps someday I will see the Baghdad Giants play in Bush Stadium. :)

13 posted on 06/15/2004 7:16:38 AM PDT by TigerTale (From the streets of Tehran to the Gulf of Oman, let freedom ring.)
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To: hchutch

I watch baseball for exactly seven games, if it goes that far, a year.

The team I root for depends on who has pi$$ed me off politically. :-)


14 posted on 06/15/2004 7:16:51 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: ConservativeMajority

This is cruel and unusual punishment.

NOTHING on earth is as BORING as watching baseball on TV or listening to it on the radio.

Too many Americans are glued to their televisions during "Superbowl" Sunday or the World Series to watch a bunch of vile, overpaid, mentally challenged morons play these idiotic games.

What we should do is introduce Baseball to Iran and wait until they hold their "World Series". If they become as addicted to this idotic sport as some Americans are, that would be the best time to attack them. A lot of the men would have their brains plastered to the local television set.


15 posted on 06/15/2004 7:20:04 AM PDT by ZULU (They weree)
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To: hchutch
Yeah... I like the DH and artificial turf.

The latter works in domed stadiums. I had a doubleheader I had tickets to cancelled a week ago Saturday because of rain.

Rainouts are EVIL.

Besides, the ball goes faster on artificial turf - more chance for doubles and triples as opposed to singles.

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I understand putting carpet in domed stadiums, but it was a travesty putting it down in Riverfront and Three Rivers.

Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I was mainly just messin' with ya anyway.

16 posted on 06/15/2004 7:21:58 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: hchutch
Hopefully, the DH and artificial turf make their way to Iraq... of course, the NL still needs to adopt the DH, and teams seem to be running away from artificial turf.

Them's fightin' words, hutch.

The DH took the strategy out of baseball, and artificial turf is somewhere akin to National Socialism as a benefit to humanity. Importing these two atrocities to Iraq? You might as well bring Saddam back, and Uday and Qusay to boot.

No "DH" in the National League, thank you.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

17 posted on 06/15/2004 7:24:56 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "I'm on vacation on the Reagan threads. Farewell Gipper!")
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To: Vigilantcitizen

I hate rainouts... so I do favor domed stadiums (or at least a retractable roof). That would indicate artifical turf. :)


18 posted on 06/15/2004 7:25:05 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: hchutch
One point I forgot to mention...

Grass can be maintained to play fast. Imagine an infield like the greens at Augusta.

Some teams prefer their infield grass high with the purposeful intention of slowing down ground balls. I've never understood that.

19 posted on 06/15/2004 7:26:19 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: section9

Now, I would think that comparing the DH and artificial turf to Saddam Hussein's regime is going a bit too far...

The DH and artificial turf haven't KILLED people, have they? Or put them in an iron maiden. Or raped them...


20 posted on 06/15/2004 7:28:31 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Niether do I. Offense makes the game exciting.

The DH means there is no black hole in the lineup... and the #8 hitter's bat isn't taken out of his hands.


21 posted on 06/15/2004 7:29:58 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: ZULU

Lighten up, Francis....


22 posted on 06/15/2004 7:32:52 AM PDT by dakine
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To: LanPB01

baseball is slow and boring??? You must be one of the hundreds of kids i struck out time and time again in little league..bet you never played past the age of 8.
loser.
The Capt.


23 posted on 06/15/2004 7:42:17 AM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
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To: ZULU

Hey... I like baseball and football because they require strategy and thinking.

Unlike basketball and hockey.


24 posted on 06/15/2004 7:42:32 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

because if the grass is "slow" your infielders can get to balls in the hole that would have gone through on "fast" grass...you shouldnt comment on things you know nothing about.
The Capt.


25 posted on 06/15/2004 7:43:47 AM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
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To: hchutch
You a Brewers fan?

I'm a braves fan, but I like the Brewers.

26 posted on 06/15/2004 7:45:01 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: ZULU

baseball IS boring to those who know nothing about it, and could never play it.
like you
The Capt.


27 posted on 06/15/2004 7:45:25 AM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
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To: hchutch

Yeah, but in hockey we get to watch the players beat each other over the head.

I kind of like that. It sort of compensates for what these morons get paid.

In my opinion the football players don't get enough pain as pay back for their inflated salaries. They should even things out by playing on concrete - without helmets.


28 posted on 06/15/2004 7:46:23 AM PDT by ZULU (They weree)
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To: Capt.YankeeMike

I know enough about it to get bored out of my skull by being subjected to it.

The only thing it has to recommend it over overe soccer is there are fewer illegals in the stadium.

Unlike you, I have better ways to spend my time.


29 posted on 06/15/2004 7:48:20 AM PDT by ZULU (They weree)
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To: Capt.YankeeMike
because if the grass is "slow" your infielders can get to balls in the hole that would have gone through on "fast" grass...you shouldnt comment on things you know nothing about.

Therefore taking base hits away from your own team, and at the same time, making double plays alot harder to turn because the ball doesn't get to the infielder as quickly.

Besides...who died and made you the all knowing baseball god?

30 posted on 06/15/2004 7:48:24 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: CaptainK
It could be worse, it could be golf.

Now, that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment. Also, consider the snobbery factor, sir!

31 posted on 06/15/2004 8:12:30 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Capt.YankeeMike

I decided to play a sport that actually required athletic ability, like basketball.


32 posted on 06/15/2004 10:08:55 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: CaptainK
"It could be worse, it could be golf."

Yeah, but just think of the practice that you could get in the sand traps ...

33 posted on 06/15/2004 10:11:32 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsënspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmändø (EMØØK))
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To: LanPB01

pashaw...couldnt hit the ball, eh?

I played basketball too...


34 posted on 06/15/2004 1:29:18 PM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

on slow grass with double play situation, move short and 2B in ON the grass...(played 21 years, coached now for 10....always learning)


35 posted on 06/15/2004 1:30:46 PM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
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