File this under things I did not know:
Some American soldiers brought the game to Manipur [in northeastern India] during World War II and started a tradition that has lasted all these years handed down from family to family, making it perhaps the only place in India where baseball is played.
“I know that there are several women who are involved from one generation to the next over the years to keep it alive,” [Melissa] Leo said, “because “it really seems to help especially the youth to direct their energies and have a healthy outlet for them.”
There’s a documentary coming out about it called “The Only Real Game.” It was made by Mirra Bank and is narrated by Melissa Leo. It was shown at the New York Indian Film Festival over the weekend. I’m sure at some point we’ll be able to see it on Netflix or something. I love stuff like this, so I’m looking forward to it.
As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.
We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:
“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.
“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”
For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.