Jonathan Papernick

Hoping To Strike More Than Once: The professional Tel Aviv Lightning baseball team pose for the flash.

If You Will It, They Will Come Play Ball

When I learned that a professional baseball league would be starting up in Israel in 2007, I was excited that my two great loves, Israel and baseball, would be together at last, like chocolate and peanut butter. America?s pastime had taken root and succeeded in other far-flung places before; professional leagues already thrived in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, even down under in Australia, so why not Israel?