Archive for September 26th, 2007

Chinese National Team to Play in Arizona Fall League

chinabaseball.jpgHere’s a thought that never even occurred to me – If China is hosting the 2008 Olympics, do they have to compete in every sport? Whether they have to or not, apparently they want to. And one of the sports they’re not so good at is baseball. So, apparently, we’re helping them out a bit, by letting their team barnstorm and train a little bit in the U.S. Specifically, the Arizona Fall League.

The Chinese National Team, hosted by Major League Baseball, begins a 16-game schedule of Instructional League games against Minor League players on Tuesday, in preparation for the six contests in the AFL. This trip will mark Team China’s fourth stint in Instructional League. Former Major League manager Jim Lefebvre and pitching coach Bruce Hurst lead the Chinese team on the field. Team China is training at the complex of the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Arizona.

[The Biz of Baseball]

Apparently Barry Larkin will be providing some coaching assistance as well.  I know the U.S. and China have some issues to work out between us, and China has a horrible human rights record, but a big part of me still likes to hear about these kinds of things.  Because the more that Chinese citizens find out what we’re all about, the more likely there is to be a change some day.

Plus, there has to be some seriously goofy baseball going on.

Michael Jordan: Making Life More Comfortable for the Less Fortunate Since 1993

One of these days I’ll get around to matching Extra P’s productivity and writing something that contains actual literary stuff like “complete sentences” and “paragraphs”. Until then, you’ll just have to be content with this enjoyable tale of Michael Jordan’s days as a Birmingham Baron and the good deed he did to help out his considerably less wealthy teammates.

Oh, and I don’t want to scare anyone, but that IS Terry Francona discussing the smells and stinks that are usually found on minor league buses. And he has hair. My world has officially been turned upside down.