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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:47 PM
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Iraqi baseball team finally in uniform, thanks to U.S. donors


BAGHDAD Smiles broke out earlier this week as members of the Iraqi national baseball team tore into boxes filled with brand-new uniforms, courtesy of a Seattle-based company that donated the gear after a profile of the fledgling team by McClatchy and a national appeal by MSNBC.

Six of the team members examined every detail of their new Ebbets Field Flannels duds Tuesday: blue caps printed with Iraqi flags, custom-made jerseys with "Iraq" on the backs, gray pants and old-school stirrup socks.

"I never dreamed we'd have something like this," said Bashar al Salah, the team's captain. "Now we're a real baseball team."

The 20 uniforms were part of an outpouring of donations that followed a McClatchy news report July 13 that described the struggles of the start-up team, which at the time shared a single softball bat, a few old balls and some worn-out gloves. Uniforms were only a dream. Since the report, which gained a wider audience when MSNBC's Rachel Maddow picked it up and appealed for help, the team has received cleats, baseballs, gloves, bats, helmets and an official rule book.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/75540.html

Good on everybody! :toast:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:48 PM
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1. In other news, they're already better than the Washington Nationals.
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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:53 PM
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3. LOL!
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090916&conten...

And the kid in this video clip will be playing CF for the Nats soon.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:50 PM
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2. Fantastic---maybe we'll see one of them in a Sox uniform some day.
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