‘Real’ American baseball has come to Israel, thanks to American Jewish businessmen connected to Major League Baseball.
You can read about it in the link above. For me it brings back memories from 25 years ago, when I coached a baseball team on my kibbutz.
The kids enjoyed playing a game called hakafot which was similar to baseball in that it involved hitting a ball with a stick and running, at which point the relationship ended. But American baseball games were televised by a Christian missionary TV station in Lebanon, and my son was immediately hooked.
I don’t know why. My son came on aliyah when he was 2-1/2 years old. None of the Israeli-born kids were particularly interested in the games on TV (at first). But somehow my son knew. It was in his genes.