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Major league honkbal

Once again, in dramatic fashion, the Dutch baseballers give the Dominican club the finger like it was a leaky dike.  After a tense pitchers duel, the Netherlands go into the bottom of the 11th down 1-0.  Rob de Jong doubles to lead it off.  Then clutch Eugene Kingsale comes through with an RBI single (eenhonkslag), scoring the baserunner (honkloper)  to tie the game.  Dancing off the bag, basestealing threat Eugene Kingsale draws the throw, which sails wide of DR first baseman (eerste honkman) Manny Aybar, at which point alert Eugene Kingsale scampers all the way to third (derde honk).  The next batter, Yurrendell de Caster, hits a sharp grounder that Aybar gloves but can’t keep — and exultant Eugene Kingsale cruises home to end the game.  The Dutch advance to round 2, the Dominicans go home.

For more fun-to-say honkbal terms, see here and here.

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Netherlands magic, feel it happen!

In this sad era you take good Orioles news wherever you can find it.  Today, the Netherlands national team shocked the mighty Dominicans 3-2 in the World Baseball Classic.  Longtime Oriole Sidney Ponson pitched four solid innings and, longtime Oriole Eugene Kingsale (well, he was on the team for five years, though he racked up only about a half-seasons’ worth of playing time in all) scored what turned out to be the deciding run, reaching on a dribble of a single, advancing on an error, and scoring on a wild pitch.  Not exactly Earl Weaver style, but if your lineup is such that a 33-year-old Eugene Kingsale is your leadoff man, you gotta think small-ball.  Nice to see these guys in the orange and black again, even if the orange is representing the the House of Oranje-Nassau and not the Maryland state bird.

By the way, Sidney Ponson had a respectable career but is far from the greatest Dutch ballplayer; that would be Bert Blyleven, born in Zeist, and now the pitching coach for the Dutch national team.

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