Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Want a game used baseball from an Irish baseball league game?

This writer has pitched in the Irish baseball league for 17 years.

It has been a wonderful, life affirming baseball experience, set on earthy fields across Ireland, north and south. Baseball Ireland is an ever evolving entity, played out between lovers of the game all over the Emerald Island. We love the game and, by and large, I like to think we play it right. with added Irish elements such as passion and hustle enriching the experience.

In that time my team, the Dublin Hurricanes, have won a heck of a lot of games.

I have about 30-40 baseballs from those wins, generally handed to me by one of my catchers post game. The balls are very precious to me and I want to do something special with them. 

Want to help me?

A game-used ball from the Irish baseball league

If you would like a game-used baseball from an Irish baseball league game then simply make a donation of €10 or more to The Irish Cancer Society, email me the e-receipt and I'll be glad to send you one of the balls. 

The bigger donations get the better baseballs, I have a handful of baseballs from Irish National team games in Europe, those will go to the bigger donations. 

If you are a baseball fan, can there be a better piece of memorabilia or indeed a better conversation started on your living-room mantlepiece, than a genuine game-used ball from the Irish Baseball League? 

I think not.

Get one for yourself and help a great cause in the process. 

Everyone wins. 

The Irish Baseball League - a game between the Hurricanes and the Spartans

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

What's that? A movie review? Yes, seriously, a movie review. My first review for the exciting, brash new website/men's online magazine Pick6.

You can check it out right here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yonkers!! Support the youth of Baseball Ireland!

The Irish youth baseball program needs your help!

Good friend and even better director, nay, multi-media mogul, John Fitzgerald, he of 'The Emerald Diamond' fame, is organising an event in Yonkers, New York, tomorrow Saturday 12th April where people can bring old, used baseball equipment with a view to having it shipped here to Ireland. This equipment will go to youth baseball programs around the country.

Here are the details:

WHO: The Baseball United Foundation is collecting used donated baseball and softball equipment to send to youth teams in Ireland.

WHAT: Any baseball or softball equipment that is still in usable condition. Especially baseballs, gloves, helmets and catcher’s equipment.

WHEN: 10am-2pm, April 12, 2014

WHERE: Aisling Center, 990 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY.

The details of the equipment drive, click image to read the finer print!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spooky Irish omens and The Masters 2014

Rory McIlroy. A strange coincidence seems to indicate there would be an Irish winner in this year’s Masters.

This latest post I wrote for Irish Central has a bit of everything. Spooky omens, people in England seeing famous Irish golfers in Danish pastries.

Absolutely love the snap my editors chose for the article too, repeated here. What a great picture of Ireland's most famous golfer, and one of the front-runners for The Masters. Assuming he doesn't pull a Greg Norman again, of course.

You can check the article out right here. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

UConn takes the national title

UConn takes the National Championship

Here's my latest for Irish Central, a look at UConn's dramatic March Madness title run, and how they managed to defy the odds.

You can check it out right here. Give it a read, like it, share it and so on.


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Washington Blackskins sign free agent DeSean Jackson

Wrote this with tongue firmly in cheek for Irish Central last week. A look at how the news that DeSean Jackson might have appeared, had it been to a team with a name as racially insensitive as the Washington NFL team currently has.

Go forth and read it, right here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A man cleaning a muddy baseball bat with a banana skin

Baseball Ireland can be an equal parts charming and also confusing place to be. Yesterday, during a game between my Dublin hurricanes and the Greystones Mariners, as I sat between innings on the bench, I saw a man clean a muddy baseball bat with a banana skin.

No, seriously.

Perhaps some context is required. It was the usual cold, slightly foggy, wet, damp Irish baseball opening weekend (we should probably wait until July to start playing ball) and the Hurricanes dugout was starting to resemble a First World War trench.

I was half watching our team bat, half day dreaming about warm showers and hot food, and as I turned my head to my right side, I noticed a gentleman on our squad take a used banana skin and use it to clean off a mud caked baseball bat.

I mean, what can you add to that really? This is the same game where one of the opposition pitchers took to the mound wearing shorts with some kind of leggings under them.

I wish I had had the presence of mind to take a picture of the gent using fruit to clean his bat, however sadly I was too deeply embedded in a combined state of confusion and shock.

I do remember Hurricanes President for life Rafael Diaz, tongue firmly in cheek, telling me that 'You see, the Venezuelan people leave no part of the banana unused after killing it...'

Baseball Ireland.

You never know what you're going to see next.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Athletes and guns – a lethal combination

Athletes and guns – a lethal combination

Hi there! Here's my latest for Irish Central, entitled Athletes and guns – a lethal combination.  It's a look at some of the more bizare and indeed tragic stories involving modern athletes and guns. If you are a member of the NRA you are probably not going to enjoy it.

You can check it out right here.


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Ireland Croatia
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