Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hey, wait, I know that guy!

Back in January 1999 Irish baseball ran one of its first winter training schedules. Held in Santry's indoor athletic facility, the weekly sessions were aimed at getting people ready for the summer league. The tradition carries through to today. Pretty soon Mike Kindle will probably be putting up a post on the baseball Ireland website regarding same, detailing this coming winter/spring training sessions.

Back to the story at hand, in '99 we were absolutely privileged to have the former Major League player Jim Lefebvre join us for the sessions. Amongst his achievements he was the first player to have won a World Series (1965 Dodgers) and a Japan Series (1974 Lotte Orions). Anyway, Lefebvre is spreading his wings even further afield now as the coach of the Chinese baseball team. He is trying to whip the team into shape ahead of the Bejing Olympic games.

Guess who one of his assistant coaches is? That's right, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst.

When he spent some time coaching us in Ireland, Lefebvre was patient, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He was very charismatic without showing an ounce of ego, and we all learnt a great deal from him in a short space of time.

Here's wishing him all the best with the Chinese team.


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Irish National baseball team

Irish National baseball team
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