Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Public lynching!" "Bone scavenging!" A fan defends Israel Baseball League founder Larry Baras

Well, now we can say fo certain that somebody is blaming Tabloid Baby and Our Man Elli in Israel-- not Larry Baras, the embattled founder of the Israel Baseball League-- for the fine mess that could destory, for the time being, at least, every Jew's dream of professional baseball in the Promised Land. A site called Welcome Israel Baseball League!, said to be written by an anonymous fan who calls himself "Tiger" ("Thrilled there is finally baseball in Israel. Father of two, husband of one. Electrical engineer by profession."), but whose URL ("IsraelBaseballLeague.blogspot.com") has led some in the Tabloid Baby office to suspect an official connection to the IBL, has lain dormant since September, one month to the day after the publication of Elli Wohlgelernters's special report on the IBL's first season, when it posted the Pollyana bromide:
Over the holidays this year we were discussing what we felt most thankful for. We were discussing the past year and what was very apparent was that the summer was far more joyful than any other one in memory. No war. No intifada. Baseball.

We cannot wait til next season but in the meantime, thank you Israel Baseball League management, founders, players and all who made it a summer to pleasantly remember!
Today, Tiger's site-- and a linked, day-old blogsite called Tigerviews, has run a more pointed story:

Israel Needs The Israel Baseball League.
The Israel Baseball League Needs Larry Baras.

I am disturbed to read of the public lynching which has gone on relative to IBL founder Larry Baras. Lynching may be too kind a word. I am thinking bone scavenging. We ought to ask ourselves WHY? There almost seems like there is money and power behind a campaign to discredit this man. Every single person who supports and benefits from professional baseball in Israel should be just as distressed. Any fair person ought to question how can something like this can rightly happen.

I know Larry as a person who ran to replace a popsicle for a child near me at a game when it dropped. I know Larry as the person who had perspiration marks up and down, beside and in front of his polo shirt making it all happen on opening day, stress and sweat oozing out of his pores-- and I even witnessed someone taking his seat leaving him without one at the same opening game. ( there was that overflowing crowd of thousands) I even saw him picking up left behind trash towards the end of the game... as we all left the Yarkon with happy hearts and the nicest evening memory in years. I mentioned to my friend-- gee-- I wonder what time he started his day.

My wife knows of his family - a wife and great kids who are solid. That is who Larry is. Without question, the IBL could have never gotten off the ground without his herculean efforts. Players would not have known the joy of signing autographs, Israeli children would not have had the summertime of baseball. Adults would not have had the joy of watching a good game after work. Players and coaches would have not lived moments of feeling like superstars. While detractors point to unpaid obligations that is unfortunate but not necessarily permanent as anyone in a new business knows. If one were to ask anyone who has put together a new business, particularly one thousands of miles away, it is not unexpected. Those who stick by Larry and support this league and what is right are correct and you are heroes.

I myself am rededicating myself to doing more. I am writing to the IBL offering to put together a baseball event for my company during the upcoming season. The reality is that Israel, a land which is known for dissention, war, disagreement, rudeness ---had the beauty of baseball, courteous lines at the snack stand and in the parking lots. The world saw a happy story on the news. Fans were truly created. The world was able to see an Israel which can exist, which ought to exist.

I suggest we all consider the fact that Larry Baras has done the most work in making this happen at all and he is publically being blamed and demonized for what could be shortcomings attributable to any new business particularly one which is undercapitalized despite hard work and dedication, along with the huge market potential which exists.

This is not a post for discussion. It is a post to hopefully make people think.
This make us think of the old phrase, "Say it Ain't so, Joe!"

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

This was definitely written by Larry or someone very delusional. The best team of advisers resigned. They have not figured out where one penny went to. For all that one knows , Larry kept the money himself. He is being sued by a woman who is claiming that Larry did not reveal finances to her and is suing for fraud and a bunch of other things. Possibly she will not win her case (innocent till proven guilty) but it seems that Larry is doing the same for the IBL.Players ,vendors ,umpires,fields, the housing unit for the players have not been paid. Where did all the money from the sponsors, investors, merchandise go to? WHY can't Larry reveal the truth? The answer my friend is that Larry kept it for himself.

Anonymous said...

The money for himself. Did you get hit in the head while plying this season!!! What the f@#@$k are you talking about. "kept it for himself" are you serious. It is not like players, vendors or whoever have not been paid at all you dumb f@#@k , there was a shortfall but i don't expect you to understand about business and stuff like that, you probably could not even hit the F@##@#king ball or maybe your manager did not let you on the field because of your incredibly high IQ .
Get a life!!!!

Anonymous said...


Finger-pointing furious in deal gone sour
Magnetix becomes a major problem for its new owner
By Patricia Callahan | Tribune staff reporter
May 7, 2007
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Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Single page view Reprints Reader feedback Text size: Magnetix building sets were such hot sellers for Rose Art Industries that a rival toymaker bought the family-owned company. Now the legacy of that toy is haunting Mega Brands, the Canadian firm that purchased Rose Art.

Mega Brands officials allege in a lawsuit that Jeffrey and Lawrence Rosen -- the brothers who sold them Rose Art, then led that division after the merger -- didn't fix the problems with the dangerous toy in part because they didn't want to jeopardize personal multimillion-dollar payouts tied to profit targets.

Kenny Sweet Jr., a suburban Seattle toddler, died, and at least 27 other children suffered serious intestinal injuries after swallowing tiny magnets that fell out of Magnetix toys.

Hey Wogelegereteree ere or whatever your friggin name is here is another scoop for you!!!!!!

lets see you go after this guy before he screws up the league also

Anonymous said...

this thread died because the people who populate this blog are rosen's pals paid for by him and written by themselves as well. the inactiviy here proves it. elly where were you baby? too busy counting rosens cash or still trying to get some attention? they are looking for a piece of something for themselves in baseball in israel. goodness knows rollhaus and gardner had no place on the team otherwise. god knows people like rosen only knows how to OWN things no matter what the cost is ( good, you can own your own city in hell for this) wilson you will end up being used and dumped. see you at a minor league team in oklahoma. (maybe)
The ibl provided me with a legacy for my life. I am appreciateive to those who put it together . I never could have. and I am angry with those who are trying to hurt and embarass Larry for their own self benefit. i bet the vendors etc would have been more easily paid had there not been this systematic and relentless kicking towards the league for months. sure spooks a company going forward when there is this type of relentless criticism. how unhappy were you all> when was the last time you each had the summer you did
Give it up guys. what you are trying to pitch and sell is very very offensive. we still appreciate larry baras for what he has done for us and for israel. get used to it and get over it. move on dickheads