Get This Hat

Irish National Baseball team capYou can’t buy this hat anywhere. Not at the mall, not on the internet, not even at a ballpark in Ireland. Why? Because there IS no ballpark in Ireland.

However, if you make a $50 donation, you’ll not only get the official cap of the Irish National Baseball Team, you’ll help build the first-ever baseball stadium in Ireland.

Donate today.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Englishman in Amsterdam February 21, 2013 at 11:19 am
    Ireland? What about England? Not a single dirt infield in the country.
    • Joe Janish February 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm
      Then they must have all-grass or artificial turf infields, because I know that England has a contrastingly long history of baseball — they won the first Baseball World Cup in 1938 and regularly compete in the WBC.

      There wasn’t any baseball played at all before the 21st century; their national team was organized less than ten years ago. An actual ballpark will help boost baseball interest and participation by leaps and bounds in Ireland.

  2. Mike B February 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    Any chance the Mets move thier AAA team out there???
  3. The DZA February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am
    There are some fields in England, mainly all grass admittedly – I used to play for Fulham Flames back in the late 90′s at a great field in Richmond (now Richmond Knights/Dragons…) – many a sunny sunday double header spent in the outfield with my Barry Larkin shortstop glove haha.

    Mets are already here in London Mike! Have a pretty nice one – no sand on the paths but still…
    http://www.britishbaseball.org/page/show/458300-mets

    Also Croydon Pirates if I remember correctly have a field with an outfield fence no less!

    Dog days for the working man…Good times.