Israel Falls in Qualifier Final, but Team Plays for Much More

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PETER K IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Published: September 23, 2012

The New York Times

By PETER KERASOTIS

JUPITER, Fla. — Just an inning earlier, Jay Dermer waved the flag of Israel high over his head, holding both ends so that it stretched taut in triumphant fists. Israel had just taken a two-run lead against Spain in a World Baseball Classic qualifying game, and the 1,500 or so Jewish fans at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday celebrated with equal parts pleasure and pride.

Israel took on Spain in a World Baseball Classic qualifying game. (JSpace.com image)

A half inning later, as Dermer marveled at the community of Jews who flocked to this minor league park, he talked about how comfortable it felt to be at a baseball game surrounded by skullcaps, mezuzas and Stars of David.

“You can make a Jewish joke here and get a laugh because people get it,” he said. “You can speak a little Yiddish and have people speak a little Yiddish back.”

Suddenly, Spain pushed across a pair of runs to take a one-run lead in the top of the fourth inning, and Dermer slumped.

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One Comment on "Israel Falls in Qualifier Final, but Team Plays for Much More"

  1. Paul Lewis September 25, 2012 at 8:50 am · Reply

    Peter,
    Thank you for another great article – your ability to tell a story in a warm and compassionate way makes it easy to read and appreciate. Please keep up the good work and we look forward to many more articles in the future.

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