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All in total the field and venue held up well in front of 4000 people. Canada moved up a notch with a win over GB 11-1 that was ended in the 7th due to the 10 run rule. Compliments to great ground crew from Germany along with Dan and Kevin. After 9 two hour practices these guys really did a great job holding the field together.
This past week was a bit of a blur. From Amsterdam to Munich to Regensburg. With the teams starting to arrive tomorrow for the WBC qualifier in Germany, I am sure they will be excited about the field upgrades and temporary facilities built for the event. Great Britain> Canada arrive tomorrow and the Czech and Germany clubs bus in for the event. All the teams are posting some big names MiLB names on the roster. The big chatter in European baseball is that the EURO baseball Championships just ended in Rotterdam and Italy came in 1st after a “unique” play off system beating Nederlands. Its pretty typical to see these two clubs be in 1 & 2 slots. Spain was right up their too. Great Britain and Czech fared well but they didn’t have the pro guys that they will have for this event.
Anyway mounds, bullpens and infield have been worked on this past week. John Deere provided us with a nice mower to showcase. Our friends at Diamond Pro and BullDog Pitching rubbers sent over some products to jazz up Armin Wolfe stadium. We even scavenged a Covermaster tarp from the 2004 Athens Olympics that was still in storage for the games since Regensburg did not have one. Pretty cool but it has no leaks after sitting for 8 years on a pallet. Our volunteer Regensburg U18 team helped spread some product today. What a great group of kids.
When you think of St. Patrick’s day you cant help but to think of green and beer. Growing grass is fun but brewing beer is pretty fun too. It’s actually not that difficult. A little water, brewers yeast, malted barley and hops and away you go! Pretty much anything with sugar in it will eventually ferment but the brewers yeast helps the fermentation process. The flavor of beer comes from the hops ( photo above is a hops field we drove by in Germany.) As a novice brewer, hops tends to balance the sweetness of the malt. You can find Hops in all sorts of flavors and aromas these days. Hops also acts as a preservative in the beer and helps maintain that frothy head after a good pour. Beer is one of the worlds oldest prepared drinks and is number 3 on the all time popular world drinks after water and tea.
One of the coolest beer dispensers I have seen is located in the Narita airport terminal in Japan. Set the “chilled” glass on the machine, push a button…and the glass goes to a perfect angle as the machine pours the beer perfectly every time. Pretty cool.
That being said off to Japan for the Opening Series Preps between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s ! Have a great St Patrick’s day and drink responsibly.