Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little League Baseball Is Alive And Well In Dubai, UAE

(Photo by Michael Baker)
A lot of MLB teams like to brag about the cityscape views their ballparks offer fans. Most notably, AT&T Park in San Francisco, PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Comerica Park in Detroit offer stunning views of their respective downtowns (as stunning as Detroit can be, anyhow). Even old Fenway Park let's you gaze at the Prudential and Hancock towers—and a little of the downtown skyline when you're in the right seats. But Little Leaguers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates get the view to end all views—including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Ex-pat kids from the USA make up most of the team rosters, but there are a few locals who are taking to the game as well. Says 14-year old Houston native Michael Baker, "Not as many people in the UAE really love the game — most people here like soccer. It is not very popular and the fields we play on are one the only fields in the whole country. Those who know about it actually like it, though." It's good to know that the greatest game is taking some root in far-away desert lands.