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Christmas Gift for the Irish Baseball Fan

It’s a week before Christmas but there is still time to get some last-minute gifts.

One that I recommend highly for ALL baseball fans — but in particular, those who happen to have Irish ancestry — is The Emerald Diamond.

The Emerald Diamond is a 90-minute documentary of the formation of the Irish National Baseball team, produced by my good friend and occasional MetsToday contributor John Fitzgerald. But I’m not hawking the DVD because John is my friend — but because it is a damn good documentary and indelibly entertaining.

Yes, they DO play baseball in Ireland, and their beginnings will remind you a bit of the original Rocky movie — playing on soaking wet makeshift diamonds located on soccer fields, using outdated and damaged equipment, attempting to transfer rugby skills to baseball, and the like. Whether you are Irish or not, you have to appreciate the lengths that the first men (and women) took, and the conditions they endured, simply to play baseball. It’s both fascinating and inspiring.

This quote from Jack Curry of the New York Times puts it succinctly:

Fitzgerald’s movie is a charming look at how baseball captivated some dedicated Irishmen. Those young men, supplemented by American-born players who had a parent or grandparent born in Ireland, transformed themselves from bumbling weekend warriors into respected competitors. Think of Rudy, the Notre Dame walk-on, and multiply it by about a dozen.

You can read Curry’s entire article here, and also find out more info from the official website.

The cost is $9.95 from Amazon, but the experience of watching it is priceless. Where else are you going to find a really cool Christmas gift for less than ten bucks?

Buy it here: The Emerald Diamond – Deluxe Edition DVD


Gifts for Mets Fans: 2010 Alternate Jersey

The holiday shopping season is upon us, so I’ll be making recommendations here and there over the next few days — should be a nice break from the insanity of the hot stove rumors.

Note: the images and product links go to Amazon.com, and include a MetsToday code. So if you buy something there after clicking from here, you will be helping me pay the server bills (I get about 4% from any sales). This may encourage or discourage you from buying, depending on how you feel about the site :-).

mets-2010-jerseyWe’ll kick things off with the new 2010 Mets “Alternate” home jersey — the cream-colored, pinstriped top that the Mets will be wearing occasionally in Citi Field next season. Though it’s new, the style is inspired by something old — namely, the uniforms worn by the Mets in the 1960s.

You or your giftee can be the first person on the block to wear one. I’m confident in saying this because few of these gems have been sold yet, despite being introduced before Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with them — they look pretty cool, in my opinion. Rather, most people who are buying sports jerseys this time of year are opting for the kind that come with shoulder pads underneath.

A fine gift for the Mets fan in your life. Alternatively (pardon the pun), you can beat the spring rush and buy one for yourself as well.

The “replica” jersey goes for $78.60, and the “authentic” “cool base” version is $191.60

Both are made by Majestic.