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Pete Maestrales Makes Olympic Debut

Greece Gives Olympic Favorite Cuba A Run For Its Pesos

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Pete Maestrales

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The Greek crowd cheering

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Hear them! (178Kb, 20 seconds)

Athens, Greece (August 16, 2004): Pete Maestrales, a member of the 2003 and 2004 Newark Bears, made his Olympic debut tonight in the eighth inning of Greece's game against Cuba in the Athens Olympics.  Pete pinch hit (and unfortunately struck out) and stayed in the game for the left fielder.  (Audio clips:  Pete being announced as pinch hitter (61Kb, 8 seconds; Pete being announced in left field (110Kb, 14 seconds)  Closing a 5-1 gap in the ninth inning, Greece rallied to within one run of the Cubans -- including an exciting two-run triple -- generating incredible excitement among the crowd.  Alas, Cuba won the game, 5-4.  Along with Japan, Cuba is one of the favorites to take the gold medal in baseball, so for Greece -- a newcomer to baseball -- to make the game so close is tantamount to an upset.  Going into tomorrow's game against Taiwan, Greece should have newly found confidence.

Elsewhere in Olympic baseball involving former Bears, the Netherlands lost its game to Japan 8-3.  The game was marred by administrative delays, with Japan protesting the eligibility of a Dutch pitcher, and the Netherlands protesting against the half-hour interruption caused by the Japanese appeal.

Tomorrow, Newark Bears News's last day of Olympic baseball coverage, will see the Netherlands playing Canada, and Greece confronting Taiwan.

Special thanks again to Roger Huys of the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Page for his assistance with details of the Dutch game.

 

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