January 4, 2010, - 5:21 pm

Cool News: MLB Network to Show Israeli Baseball Flick

By Debbie Schlussel


Finally, a cable sports network–a cable network of any ilk–that isn’t politically correct and afraid to show a documentary about the Israeli Baseball League (IBL).


Next Sunday, January 10th, the MLB Network, Major League Baseball’s cable channel, will air “Holy Land Hardball,” by filmmakers Brett Rapkin and Eric Kesten. It’s the charming story about how a Jewish Boston baker, Larry Baras, achieved his dream of starting a pro baseball league in Israel. You don’t have to be Jewish to like it.  The movie airs at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. (It’s two hours long, including commercial breaks.)  “It only took 5,767 years.”  (My friend, Dr. Martin Abramowitz, of the Jewish Major Leaguers, produced a series of baseball cards for the inaugural 2007 season of the IBL.  If  you are a fan of Jews in Major League Baseball, order the final set of Jewish Major Leaguer baseball cards while supply lasts.)

Watch the two different, entertaining trailers:

**** UPDATE: I almost forgot this part. Compare Holy Land Hardball, with the Palestinian Hardball & Hardrock & IED, for which they take plenty of practice and lives:



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8 Responses

Oh, no! My cable provider WOW isn’t going to carry it!

Michelle on January 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I have Directv and it’s in my package. I love watching MLB network all the time, maybe because baseball is favorite sport.

    Squirrel3D on January 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

You don’t have be Jewish to appreciate Israeli baseball. G-d is the ultimate umpire.


NormanF on January 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Michelle, my cable system DOES have MLB Network. Like that channel. Might tune in for that film.

Bob Porrazzo on January 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm

For all you youngsters out there:

Douglas Q on January 5, 2010 at 1:50 am

“You don’t have to be Jewish to like it.”

No shit. Why would you believe anyone would think otherwise?

You are a strange bird.

jharp on January 5, 2010 at 2:12 am

Thou shalt not steal second base.

tempus fugit on January 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

Oh Debbie, thanks SO MUCH for this story! There is so much gloom and doom..this is heartwarming! I LOVE baseball and cant wait to watch this! GO IBL!

labwrs on January 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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