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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.
In 2007 I had the honor of meeting Retired Colonel Joe Bevilacqua Superintendent of the American cemetery in Nettuno Italy. In addition to his position at the cemetery he and has also helped us with the field preperations over the past few weeks with equipment and resources . During our conversations he wondered if the USA baseball team may have some time to come over to the cemetery to see the site. One thing lead to another and it worked out that Team USA could be there a few minutes before BP of the Netherlands game.
The Cemetary is as humbling as Arlington Cemetary with over 8000 Americans laying rest from the Anzio beach invasion of the allied forces during WWII. The 77 acre site is American property. The players were obviously moved by Colonel Joe’s presentation of the invasion and the cemetary facts. Joe has a crew of over 16 guys that maintain the grounds which were breath taking.
Not only was there a memorial but also a chapel where over 3000 soldiers considered missing in action have their names etched into the Roman traventine marble. Inscribed in bold letters in the chapel. ” IN PROUD REMEMBERANCE OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HER SONS AND IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO THEIR SACRIFICES THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” On several unknown cemetary markers the inscription reads..HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY A COMRADE IN ARMS KNOWN BUT TO GOD”
A couple of the players were talking and I over heard one say, ” had the guys laying here not given the ultimate sacrfice we may not have been here today playing this game”.
Im glad it worked out they could see the cemetery as it really puts things in perspective as to why we are playing these games. Many Many thanks to our armed forces for keeping us safe. God Bless All of our military and those that have fallen for our freedom. Gone but not forgotten.
Anyway …. CUBA – USA tommorow for the GOLD MEDAL Check out the poster .