THEY CANCELED THE OPENING OF THE SHOW FEST WITHOUT WARNING!
The Israel Baseball League didn't!
Our Man Elli in Israel reports exclusively that David Solomont and his new and improved Israel Baseball League (AKA the Dominican Republic of The Middle East Baseball League) have, without notice, warning, or a word from their bunker, canceled the opening game of their five-day show festival that was scheduled to take place today at the Yarkon Sports Complex in Baptist Village.
The IBL didn't merely cancel-- they simply didn't show up! But fans did!
"Because they failed to inform their fans-- or at least fans of baseball-– people started showing up a half hour ago, only to discover they'd come for nothing," Elli reports. "They are sorely disappointed, to say the least. No. Put it this way:
"They are pissed!
"I spoke to one such baseball lover. Uzi Amit is forty-seven. He's a lawyer who came down from Jerusalem with his four kids. He's not happy. And he's a lawyer. Uzi told me:
"'We came because there might be a ballgame. I had some doubts, after watching these people update their web site-- they don’t seem very serious about informing people on what’s going on. They said they were starting on the 14th, and then starting on the Sunday the 17th. I sent an email; I got no answer. So now we’re here, and we wasted our time and gasoline [an hour and a quarter one-way --Ed.), and now I have four disappointed family members.’
“Amit told me he could see other families who'd arrived and promptly left when they saw there was no game," Elli reports. "They were 'also disappointed.' Someone had told him that other families came and went. He sounded very disgusted with the whole thing.
"Said Amit: 'If these guys were serious and had more respect for their fans,they would tell them what’s going on and not send them on some wild goose chase. It’s unfortunate that people who have such disregard for baseball fans are the guys trying to set up baseball in Israel.’
"Frankly, this is a real embarrassment, because word will spread among the Anglo community here that the league dissed the fans," Elli says. "What they can expect to pull off the rest of the week is anyone’s guess.
Our Man adds: "There are weeds growing in the outfield at Baptist. Apparently the caretaker has been sick, and no one is looking after the field. The IBL didn't spruce it up for the big show fest. And by the way, there was a softball game being played: the regular Sunday night, 9-inning, 30 shekel-per-man pickup game, open to all players over age 24."