Friday, March 07, 2008

Baseball's Israel tragic leads us to Irish magic

Don’t let the naysayers fool ya. Our coverage of the rise and fall— and, we hope, resurrection of baseball in Israel has led us to all kinds of interesting and friendly people and places. The latest is John Fitzgerald, baseball fan, baseball documentary director and baseball reality series producer who picked up our latest exclusive story on Israel baseball on his Playing for Peanuts blog, and, unlike some people who will go unnamed (like Uncle Murray “Do You Mr.” Chass and That Putz Greenberg), actually credited the source of the story—us!

“I commend the league's complete stubbornness and reckless behavior in the face of a impending financial meltdown. It reminds me of me. Nice job and good luck, guys.”

And thanks, Johnny! Good on ya!

It turns out that Mr. Fitzgerald directed and wrote The Emerald Diamond, the acclaimed (“Terrific!” The NY Post; “Charming!” The NY Times) 2006 documentary about Irish baseball (now available in a deluxe DVD edition).

And the site isn’t called “Playing for Peanuts” because he’s worked for Larry Baras. Fitzgerald and crew are taping a reality TV series by that very name, following a season in the life of the South Georgia Peanuts minor league baseball team.

Anyway, check out the Playing for Peanuts site. It’ll tell you where you can watch John Fitzgerald’s killer reality series. And The Emerald Diamond will be airing on St. Patrick’s Day on Sportsnet Chicago—the real St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, not March 15th as the Catholic Church arbitrarily moved it this year (so it won’t confliuct with their “Holy Monday”, just like they banned Danny Boy from funerals (when will they learn?). It’s also airing on the America One Network, mostly in the South, so we’ll ask our pal Lewis to check up on that.

1 comment:

John Fitzgerald/Playing for Peanuts said...

Tabloid Baby Sheds Light on Baseball in Israel and Ireland

Tabloid Baby took notice when I wrote about the Israel Baseball League... They did some researchin' and now they've written a piece about my Irish baseball documentary, "The Emerald Diamond."

The Tabloid Baby staff (I'm actually not sure if it's Elli or someone else over there) has been nice enough to point out there are currently two factions in the Israeli pro baseball world: The Israel Baseball League and The Israel Professional Baseball League. The former played its first season last year and is apparently in some financial trouble. The latter is an offshoot of the original league and is planning on its first season in 2008.

So there are now TWO professional baseball leagues in Israel. Confusing? You bet it is. To keep track of it all, check back with Tabloid Baby regularly.

If your preferred flavor of international baseball is IRISH or if you're already starting to drink for St. Patrick's Day, check out (YouTube) for Part 1, 2 and 3 of my series on the making of "The Emerald Diamond."