Sydney getting up-close introduction to Dodgers, baseball

August 26, 2020

first_imgThe Australian Financial Review caught up with Jason Moore, the local promoter responsible for bringing the games to Sydney. According to the report, it was Moore who insisted to MLB that the two games had to be regular-season games and not exhibitions, while MLB chose the teams.Gabrielle Upton, New South Wales’ Sports Minister, penned an editorial in the Australia Business Insider on Friday. “While I’m not yet convinced that I’ll graze on some of the quintessentially American deep fried culinary delights on offer,” Upton wrote, probably referring to a $40, one-meter-long hot dog, “I’ll be there too with my baseball cap firmly on.” Don’t be surprised if sons turn to their fathers to explain baseball’s nuances in the stands of the Sydney Cricket Ground. An article published on Page 11 of the Sydney Morning Herald titled “Baseball for Dummies,” labeled with crude cartoons of baseball players, attempted to explain the rules of the game to a foreign audience.“A run is scored when a batter completes an anti-clockwise circuit around the diamond from home base, through first, second and third, back to home,” it reads. “He can do this by hitting the ball out of the ground (a home run) or by getting to one of the bases (a base hit, a double or a triple) and then running home off another batter’s hit.”The level of baseball savvy might vary quite a bit among spectators, but the local media certainly honored the occasion throughout the week.A one-and-a-half-page spread in Saturday’s Morning Herald chronicled Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis’ day, from 8:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. in Los Angeles) to 11:45 p.m. at night.Opposite the Ellis spread, a column reassured readers that, in spite of the popularity of the games, “the once-feared American hegemony is no closer now than it was when the White Sox and the Giants played on the SCG 100 years ago.” SYDNEY, Australia — Baseball is on the lips of the people of Sydney. It’s on the banners hanging from the lamps above the city streets, right alongside a Disney production of “The Lion King: The Musical.”Like the story of Simba, the two weekend games between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are a family-oriented affair.There have only been 28 Australian-born players in major-league history, but Australian participation in Little League baseball currently trails only that of the United States in sheer numbers. The consensus here is that if baseball is to enter the mainstream of Australian sports, it will begin with the younger generation.The target audience of the two games is as large as it is young. Local reports Saturday placed the number of tickets sold for the two games between 70,000 and 80,000, with a few more still available the morning of Opening Day.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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