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Monday, September 23, 2013

Baseball Comes to Myanmar

“I want to introduce baseball. Baseball is very fun, and I like to let Myanmar young people know about baseball more,” Iwasaki explained.
Iwasaki started this program 13 years ago in the country’s largest city, Yangon. He recruited Myanmar players, many of whom had experience playing in softball games organized by the American Embassy.
His squad is now the Myanmar national team. The players are in their late-teens, 20s and 30s, and most have day jobs including driving taxis and repairing copy machines.
Zaw Zaw Oo is a 5-foot-8, left-handed pitcher with a 78-mph fastball. After this game, he will travel to Kagawa, Japan and become the first Myanmar national to play professional baseball.

 

Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 23, 2013 at 09:43 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM (#4548118)
I spend about a month in Myanmar each year for work, and next year it will probably be a little more, closer to 6 weeks, so this is exciting information. I am going to try to take in a game.
   2. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM (#4548128)
Burma. The English name of the country is Burma.
   3. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM (#4548131)
I would hope that this is the team fight song.

Also, Zaw Zaw Oo is my new favorite name.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4548134)
I hope they find that Mr. Peterman is still alive.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4548182)
I was traveling in Burma in 2005. The government at that point had a firewall that blocked basically all useful sites - Hotmail, Yahoo etc. What that meant in reality was that you couldn't check your email in Yangon, but every internet café outside the capital had cracked through the firewall and allowed illegal surfing. But I don't think BaseballPrimer was blocked. I remember checking our site on the computer in the lobby of my guesthouse, on an impossibly slow internet connection, and reading about Aaron Heilman throwing a one-hitter.



Here it is.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4548199)
The other thing I remember is that baseball caps were ubiquitous in this funny antique country where many men wore skirts, and they were almost all NY Yankees caps. But I doubt that a fraction of the cap wearers knew what the logo stood for.
   7. Greg K Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4548203)
Burma. The English name of the country is Burma.

I thought they were talking about the discount pharmacy.
   8. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4548205)
One of my favorite moments was at a market in the Shan highlands where people still brought their goods in on oxen and had no access to electricity. I encountered a cloth seller wearing a Washington nationals hat, MLB authentication sticker still on it. I tried to explain that his hat represented my town but it did not translate.
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4548211)
The other thing I remember is that baseball caps were ubiquitous in this funny antique country where many men wore skirts, and they were almost all NY Yankees caps. But I doubt that a fraction of the cap wearers knew what the logo stood for.

Probably about the same percentage of spectators at early 80's baseball games who realized they were singing along with the gay national anthem during seventh inning stretch time. OTOH as long as MLB and the Village People get their royalty checks, I doubt if they're complaining.
   10. Hack Wilson Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4548216)
The burma girls
In Mandalay
Dunk bearded lovers
In the bay
Who don't use
Burma Shave
   11. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4548224)
The other thing I remember is that baseball caps were ubiquitous in this funny antique country where many men wore skirts, and they were almost all NY Yankees caps. But I doubt that a fraction of the cap wearers knew what the logo stood for.

To everyone outside of the US, that cap means "New York". If you say nice Yankee cap to them, they will give you a bewildered look. It's like running around with a "I <3 New York" t-shirt.

edit: apparently BBTF has an irrational fear of ascii hearts
   12. PreservedFish Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4548229)
I wonder how many of them knew anything about NY. That country is pretty darn isolated.
   13. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4548238)
Everyone would know new York because of u Thant, who was un secretary general and for a long time the most famous Burmese besides aung saan. At the very least they would understand new York is where e worked.

Now people wearing red sox caps, which I have seen a few, I could See having no concept of Boston.

   14. Karl from NY Posted: September 23, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4548318)
The other thing I remember is that baseball caps were ubiquitous in this funny antique country where many men wore skirts, and they were almost all NY Yankees caps. But I doubt that a fraction of the cap wearers knew what the logo stood for.

Were they for things like "2003 World Series Champions" and "2004 American League Champions"?
   15. Swedish Chef Posted: September 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4548345)
I wonder how many of them knew anything about NY. That country is pretty darn isolated.

But isolation doesn't stop the flow of B-movies (not even North Korea is exempt). They have all seen a number of pirated bad movies featuring New York, maybe even Escape from New York.

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