Fans of Global Baseball, Take Note
If you’re interested in the international side of the national pastime — or if you want a look behind the scenes of the sausage factory that is overseas player acquisition — you’ve got to check out Global Baseball, a new blog by my friend Jon Helfgott.
Basically, he’s going to spend a year traveling the world and watching baseball. I know, I know, with the resulting understandable jealousy it’s tempting to loathe him instantly. But Jon’s project is very interesting, and he’s got a keen eye and sharp attention to detail. His work is being funded by the Thomas J. Watson fellowship, and here’s the essentials of what he’s doing:
I want to use baseball as a medium for exploring the complex dynamics that accompany cultural exchange. For my project, I will immerse myself in various international baseball communities across Latin America and the Pacific Rim, where I will seek out, observe, and engage baseball players, fans, coaches, and scouts wherever I can find them. Baseball’s expansion mirrors the process of economic globalization in many ways. The game of baseball is an accessible and meaningful way to examine the deeper cultural implications of this process.
Also, Jon and I are going to be in Okinawa together for next year’s Japanese baseball spring training, so we’re going to put the “fun” back in “fundamentals.”
and the greenies back in coffee.
[See why Dave was so excited to watch Derek and me on live TV? Stuff like this comes out. Anyway, check out Jon’s blog.]