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08/20/2004 Archived Entry: "Olympic Baseball -August 20, 2004"

Olympic Baseball - August 20, 2004
by Max Blue

Canada - 2, Greece - 0

Australia - 9, Japan -4

Netherlands - 10, Italy -4

Baseball is almost unknown in Greece but that hasn't kept large numbers of curious spectators from coming to the games- more tha 13,000 to watch the Greek team perfom. They cheer at all the wrong times- a line drive out, a low and away fastball called a ball, whatever. When "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is played during the seventh inning stretch they sit in silence. They love the YMCA song even though there is no C in the Greek language. Wouldn't it be great if the Greek team won a game? The guys are trying.

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