Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baseball lovers make sacrifices to compete in Indonesia

PETALING JAYA: It would be no exaggeration to say that baseball has struck out big time in Malaysia.
In fact, the All-American favourite is largely anonymous here, barely getting a peek in the sports pages except when the World Series are on and even then buried deep, next to the obituary pages.
Committed trio: (from left) S.Saravanan, Lee Keat Seng and Mohd Rashidin Mohd Ridzuan are three passionate and commited members of the Malaysian baseball squad.
For the uninitiated, baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each. It is hugely popular in the US and to a lesser extent in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, some parts of Central America, Japan , Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. That’s about it and yet they have the temerity to call the US Major League Baseball (MBL) finals the World Series. But that is another story. US baseball is of course full of legends like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Who? You may well ask.

DiMaggio is better known in the civilised world, which worships football, as Mr Marilyn Monroe while Bonds is that chap in the steroids scandal. That’s about all most Malaysians know about these so called superstars.


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