Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Scottish baseball? What next? American golf? No, wait....

Landgirl responded to Monday's Amish Umpire post (OK, I started it Monday and posted it Tuesday) by lamenting, "Sadly, when I got enough grandchildren for a baseball team I was in a place [the Highlands of Scotland] where no one plays it."

Och aye. (I believe that's the correct phrase of sympathetic agreement, followed by a long sigh.)

However, I knew that there was a Scottish youth baseball team, at least at one time, because I'd found links to it in the web when I was shopping for a travel team for Youngest Son last year: Meet the Lossiemouth Predators Baseball Club.

Now if you'll click on over to the Predators' site, you'll see that it is long out of date -- it apparently hasn't been updated since 1999 -- and most of the links from the site are no longer active. From my Undisclosed Location in Chicago, I don't know if the team, or any successor thereto, continues to exist.

However, I think we should deputize Chris Lodge, of our Scotland bureau, to investigate and report back to us as soon as possible. He has young sons who are no doubt eager to learn the game....

Chris? We'll be awaiting your report.

11 comments:

Ellee said...

It just goes to show that all things are possible, you have kindred spirits all those miles away. Any promotion of sport has to be a good thing.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Surely they don't wear kilts?

MommasWorld said...

My have many relatives in Ireland and in Scotland. My cousins tell me they played baseball but it was usually a neighborhood thing not an actual league. This was back in the 60s and 70s when I was just a wee little thing.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

this is about sports, right curmy?

smiles, bee

Linda said...

Baseball played in kilts? Now that might be quite interesting!

emmapeelDallas said...

Yeah, if they played in kilts, I'd definitely be interested...

;p

Judi

landgirl said...

Oh, Cur, you have outdone yourself! I'll search for any traces of baseball over here. Would you like to be our international coach?

Athletes in the Highland games do wear their kilts, but with those muscle-warming shorts underneath. For rugby and football (soccer) just the usual shorts.

landgirl said...

Oh, I forgot to commet re Och aye. Yep, Cur, that's pretty much right. Och sounds kinda like we would say ahhh--you just barely hear the c part. Now that the Scottish Nationalist Party has won an almost majority in the Scottish parliament, scaremongers were saying that English people would nbeed passports to get up here. I countered suggesting a linguistic check would be cheaper to administer: anyone who can say och aye properly can get in no bother.

Chris said...

I'm already in Landgirl, so too late ;-)

Baseball is called Rounders here and is played by children.

Cricket is a real mans sport :-P

The Curmudgeon said...

Chris, I hope you realize that this does not constitute a sufficient answer.

In the meantime, your poor wee bairns (I'm having such fun with writing a burrrrrrrr) are fadin' away wit melancholy for lack of exposure to wholesome, puuuuure baseball.

Think of your poor children, Chris!

Chris said...

They are not playing a girls game Curmudgeon, (real) football and cricket is what they'll get ;-)