Monday, March 29, 2010

One week away!

The last week of Spring Training is upon us!

The only thing I don't like about being abroad is missing baseball. In the Middle East, the day games are like West Coast games, and in Lebanon, I can't even watch the games because of the crappy internet! But I'm going to Cyprus to watch the Reds opener. It's a 20 minute flight (but still have to be to the airport two hours early.)

Wish I could write something about the glory of Opening Day and the rebirth of spring, but I've had spring since January! Kind of takes some of the specialness out of it. It'd be like having Cadbury Eggs all year around. They're only good because you can't have them all the time.

I'm hoping Mike Leake wins the fifth starter's spot.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Paddy's Day!

Just remember, the 1975 Cincinnati Reds were the first team to wear green uniforms in Spring Training.

Suck it, Bread $ox!

It was a tough process, but I managed to find and lug 48 cans of Guinness to a pub for this evening's festivities. The bar owner is nice enough to allow a party (but I had to get the Guinness to the bar.) (No, Guinness is not widely found in Beirut. But now I know where to get it.)

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I may be the only person in the entire Middle East who routinely wears a Reds cap and t-shirt. That being said, there is no shortage of folks wearing Bankee$ and Bread $ox gear. In fact, the guy sitting right next to me is wearing the big red B on his head right now.

I walked by a shoe shop the other day and there was a massive display of Bankee$ footwear in the window. I'm talking the whole window, men's, women's, and children's shoes, all with the infamous NY Bankee$ logo stitched all over the place.

Ugh. Really? Is that the best baseball can do? Pollute the already troubled Middle East with the stamp of imperialism? Isn't that NY the epitome of the economic system which has so incensed the have nots that they have taken up arms to defeat it?

I have to do that Reds cap thing Jamey Ramsey does on his blog. I'll get someone to take my photo in my Reds cap in front of some bombed out building or something.