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When Irish Flies are Flying
2006-04-12 09:45
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

A documentary about the Irish National Baseball team, The Emerald Diamond, is playing at the Westside Pavilion (Pico and Overland) tonight at 7 p.m.

"The Irish National Team has some ties to the Dodgers," director John Fitzgerald told me in an e-mail. "Former owner Peter O'Malley was responsible for building the first baseball fields in Ireland back in 1998."

"Since the fields were built, baseball has gained momentum in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Youth and adult leagues in Cork, Kerry, Belfast and Dublin have made baseball one of Ireland's fastest growing sports."

The press release adds this quote from Irish National Team pitcher Cormac Eklof: "Those fields continue to be very important to us. Before the fields were built, we had no place to practice and most of the team had never even seen a real pitcher's mound. Peter O'Malley is kind of like the godfather of Irish baseball."



Comments
2006-04-12 10:26:19
1.   Zak
Cormac Eklof?? Does he live in Caras Galadhon with Lord Celeborn and Galadriel, the Lady of Lurien?
2006-04-12 10:57:26
2.   Linkmeister
I remember that mall! There used to be a restaurant called "Colors" on the ground floor back in the 1980s.

Somebody's gonna see this movie and decide there needs to be a documentary about the South African baseball team, mark my words.

2006-04-12 14:55:26
3.   GoBears
I live in the neigbhorbood, and I think the address has to be wrong. More likely it's 10800 Pico.
2006-04-12 14:59:30
4.   Jon Weisman
3 - It seemed odd to me too, but I didn't think to look up the correct address. Just seemed easier to give the intersection.
2006-04-12 15:36:46
5.   Vishal
that is so rad. if i had known about irish baseball before i went there, i'd have made sure i stopped by to check it out.

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