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Friday, August 31, 2007

JewishJournal.com—The Boychicks of Summer

The IBL was created two years ago by Boston businessman Larry Baras, who cultivated glowing press and fan interest in the United States. Baras assembled a distinguished team of advisers, executives, financial backers and former players to help launch what in essence was a start-up company in a foreign country.

The stated idea was to generate enthusiasm and fan interest by promising, among other things, a range of marketing gimmicks borrowed from minor league ballparks in the states: karaoke night, speed-dating night, sack racing, sumo wrestling competitions and even ballpark weddings. To further build anticipation, the league’s Web site prominently displayed a countdown clock giving days, minutes and hours until opening day.

But while the marketing might have worked among the Jews in the United States and the English-speaking Anglo community in Israel, the league barely registered with Israelis, who were largely ignored in the marketing plans - and insulted to boot.

David Rosenthal, a sports reporter for Walla!, the biggest Israeli Web portal, posted a story four days before opening day that was critical of the way the six-team league was being sold exclusively to an overseas audience. “Excuse me, what about us?” read the headline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2007 at 12:04 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 31, 2007 at 12:24 PM (#2505812)
Har, what a goy I am, at first glance I thought that guy at the beginning of the video was taping up. I did wonder why it looked like electrical tape.

I had a bunch of comments, but struck them. I'll just say a lot of wishful thinking is going into this league.
   2. Howie B. Posted: August 31, 2007 at 12:59 PM (#2505830)
If Holtzman's assessment was that the league started a year too soon, I respectfully disagree. Baseball can never be played too soon.


This should become one of those legendary baseball quotes.
   3. CrosbyBird Posted: August 31, 2007 at 01:45 PM (#2505860)
Isn't it spelled boychik?
   4. 3Com Park Posted: August 31, 2007 at 03:06 PM (#2505967)
I spent several weeks in Israel this summer watching IBL games. My son was on the Ra'anana Express.

Nearly all of what is reported here is factually correct. It is an insider's view on the league.

What is alluded to at the end but is generally missing from the piece is a sense of the joy of everyone involved in the whole effort -- players, managers, fans, organizers. It was just plain thrilling to be involved in baseball in Israel. The pieces didn't always fit, and to say the future of the league is in doubt is unwarranted optimism, but it was an incredible summer.
   5. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 31, 2007 at 04:00 PM (#2506045)
Isn't it spelled boychik?


It's a transliteration from the Yiddish, so there isn't really a standard spelling. I thought boychik was the more standard version, but whaddya know: google returns 29,500 for boychick and just 14,100 for boychik.
   6. CrosbyBird Posted: August 31, 2007 at 04:17 PM (#2506067)
It's a transliteration from the Yiddish, so there isn't really a standard spelling. I thought boychik was the more standard version, but whaddya know: google returns 29,500 for boychick and just 14,100 for boychik.

Wow, that's weird. I would never spell it with a -ck.

Strangely enough, on googlefight, "apparatchik" slaughters "apparatchick." And some of the latter hits are a blog written by a woman which might be a play on words using "chick."

Nor do we add the extra "c" when using words with the more common Yiddish suffix, -nik. We don't see "beatnicks" or "refusenicks." So it isn't a Slavic/Yiddish distinction.

Interesting discussion here at work the other day. I had a sentence which a colleague was convinced was incorrect in one of my motion papers:

"If the plaintiff were XYZ, she would not have ABC."

Is the subjunctive mood that far gone?
   7. pv nasby Posted: August 31, 2007 at 04:44 PM (#2506105)
Leon!
   8. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 31, 2007 at 05:29 PM (#2506153)
"If the plaintiff were XYZ, she would not have ABC."

Refer him to "Fiddler on the Roof": "If I were a rich man..."

(I love it when topics converge.)
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 31, 2007 at 05:51 PM (#2506176)
Reading this makes me concerned about Dan Duquette all over again...
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 31, 2007 at 06:01 PM (#2506196)
"My son was on the Ra'anana Express."

What's his name, and how did he tie up with the league (if you don't mind me asking)?
   11. 3Com Park Posted: August 31, 2007 at 11:05 PM (#2506649)
What's his name, and how did he tie up with the league (if you don't mind me asking)?


His name is Ben Katz-Moses. He played at Division III Claremont McKenna and graduated in 2006. His coach got an email from the league, forwarded it to his players, and Ben went to a tryout in April in LA. They liked him and offered him a contract.

Here's a story about him.

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