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
Tomorrow, s last day of
Olympic baseball coverage, will see the Netherlands playing Canada, and Greece
Special thanks again to Roger Huys of the Royal
Netherlands Baseball and Softball Page for his assistance with details of
the Dutch game.