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Pete Goes 1-for-3 And Sees Lots Of Action In Left Field; Netherlands Gets Pounded By Canada

More Athens Olympic coverage

Athens, Greece (August 17, 2004): After pinch hitting last night, Newark Bear Pete Maestrales was in this morning's starting lineup for the first time in 2004 Olympic baseball here in Athens.  (Yes, they had an 11:30 a.m. start in the August Mediterranean sun, with fans scrambling for shade wherever they could find it!)  Pete played the whole game, got Greece's first hit (a single in the third inning), and made their first two putouts!  Although Greece kept it close at 2-1 until the seventh inning, Chinese Taipei exploded with five runs, and the game ended 7-1 in favor of the Taiwanese.

Pete said after the game that before last night he had not played the outfield in a number of years, and that it took him some time to readjust.  Nonetheless, he looked very confident out there, fielding the first two balls hit in today's game for outs.  In addition to his single in the third, Pete showed patience at the plate and walked in the sixth after a good at-bat, coming back from a 1-2 count to earn the base on balls.  He finished the day 1-for-3.

In the other game today involving current or former Bears, the Netherlands (whose team includes Calvin Maduro, Sharnol Adriana, and Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens) was shut out by our northern neighbors, Canada, by a score of 7-0.  That game started at 10:30 in the morning, barely 12 hours after the end of last night's game.

With these games, Newark Bears News wraps up its Olympic coverage as we return stateside.  Look for an Olympic roundup toward the end of the week, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Riverfront soon!

Pete Being Announced In The Lineup
Pete preparing to make a first inning catch
Pete At The Plate (3 pictures)

Diplomacy has always been an integral aspect of the modern Olympics.  In the headline there are two different flags for Chinese Taipei (Taiwan).  The top flag is that of the Taiwan National Olympic Committee and the one the Taiwanese Olympic team competes under, while the bottom one is the official national flag.  The Taiwan National Olympic Committee flag has been used since 1980 under an International Olympic Committee resolution in 1979, because the national flag was used by the nationalist forces in continental China during the army conflict between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung. 

Thanks to flagspot.net for the information about the Taiwanese flags.



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