Baseball In Turkey EP2 – You’re My Boy, Blew Vol.11


did I say Tekrar? Bir. Iki. Uc. couch so I don’t know if you can hear it
but the winds really rushing you probably can but I’m sitting in this
gazebo in the corner of like I’m in the mountains obviously you can see behind
me it’s snowing and it’s not super cold but it’s snowing and it’s really
beautiful and serene up here it kind of reminds me of like a I don’t know
there’s like this there’s light green moss over here that I know it kind of
reminds me of like a Japanese forest although I’ve never been to Japan but I
feel like in movies and pictures it’s so as it strikes me as but so the culture
here is it’s interesting obviously there’s not like that much like people
are people and places are places and food is food but just some of the
customs are interesting like I drink tea every day which is great Turkish coffee
is great it’s super strong they make it by just super finely grounding or
grinding the beans and they boil it in with the coffee then they just dump it
into your cup so there’s like a layer of the coffee sediment at the bottom that
obviously you don’t drink but then you turn the cup upside down and then you’re
supposed to look at it and it like tells you your future what my translator
Faizal was saying but I’ve enjoyed the tea I’ve enjoyed the coffee I’ve enjoyed
the scenery which is great have you even kind of enjoyed the snow because it’s
it’s like yesterday it was snowing I was like 45 degrees was really strange and
it snowed a little bit today what we did our sessions but the interesting thing
about the baseball culture is that they’re just starting from scratch so I
knew that coming in but it’s interesting to put yourself in the shoes of a person
who just doesn’t have much exposure to baseball obviously like in the US and
it’s kind of what they’ve remark to me like oh you’re from America the you know
the mecca of baseball which is true there’s so many resources there’s so
many former players there’s so many coaches or so many organizations there’s
so much to teach you the game in the united states and then you know
many other countries too but in turkey which is also the case in many other
countries that don’t really play baseball are just getting into it they
just don’t have former players to teach their young players they don’t have
former really high-level coaches they don’t have manuals and tons of videos
and resources and you know weekly clinics if you think about all the
baseball stuff that’s going on in the US like it’s everywhere I mean that’s the
same for every sport but here they can’t find a baseball person to ask a
situational question which is a really interesting thing to think about which
you probably never considered in the u.s. before but just now I was watching
the Turkish national women’s rugby team is here and we’ve like become friends
with them and one of their girls speaks pretty good English and we were watching
the Estonia Turkey rugby match the men’s match on TV and I was watching I’m like
I don’t have any idea what’s going on I don’t know one rule of rugby and I’m
like oh that’s kind of how this feels for a lot of these players were just
starting out trying to learn baseball but they just don’t know and they don’t
have anyone to tell them and around me everyone speaks a different language so
they can’t tell me how to howl rugby works and that’s essentially this whole
the whole thing that we’re doing here is trying to help this country get off the
ground and learn baseball which is hard because it’s a super nuanced game
baseball is really simple and it’s also incredibly complex it’s probably not
that simple actually but all this high-level situational stuff there’s
just so much that you would know or you wouldn’t know if you’re just watching
baseball which for all the parents out there we know there’s tons of parents
who really know the game there’s tons of parents who don’t know the game and then
there’s tons of parents who don’t know the game but think they know the game
and then there’s lots of people who watch the game and they know that
there’s a lot they just probably wouldn’t be privy to and each level I
played at over the years I learned new stuff I just didn’t know what was going
on and no one I would have never picked it up unless I was in the game at a
really high level watching it and experiencing it happen so the higher you
play the more these nuanced quirky situational things
and high-level concepts you come across and I just thought about you know if I
didn’t really know rugby and I just watching rugby matches all day what I
ever really pick up on the really high level things that some of these really
good players do that make them good players versus average players I
probably never would and the same thing is with baseball if you watch so you
watch every major league game every day but no one could explain some of the
really high level things that players are doing you’d never know that they
existed it’s just it’s just little stuff that you wouldn’t pick up on so here we
are in a place where they don’t have these high level players to fall back on
they don’t have someone you know like me or the people that were mentors to me
that I asked questions to and I was in situations with it they explained hey
this is what you do here you don’t do what you just did this is how you do it
you go oh there’s no one like that here to do that so it’s really interesting
starting with the basics and just kind of picking up their ability level
because there are really great people here and there it’s super there I guess
so I have to stop saying words super so much good lord they’re really nice
people they’re incredibly eager to learn like we did a three-hour session today
that tons of throwing drills did tons of pitching drills did infield footwork
outfield footwork and they did awesome they just did really really well they
were incredibly focused they listened they were very coachable they want to
learn which is fantastic so that like that doesn’t hold them back whatsoever
but they need continued repetition they need some way to continue with all this
stuff after I’m gone after the next guy who comes in and as clinics is gone
it’s really tough thinking about it from like a business perspective like how
could we continue them to help them get better over time and how can they
continue to progress after the in-person people like myself you know go back to
their country or leave or whatever so in-person clinics are great but without
all the other people liking again in any other country where there’s tons of
high-level players who will be there to continue to be that fallback of
instruction how can they continue to get better so YouTube is their big resource
because they can just hit the captions button it’ll
convert it into Turkish on the captions which is great but beyond that there’s
just not a whole lot I give them one of my books as a gift and it’s in English
so they could translate it which they said they’re going to but even then it’s
that’s just the challenge that they face so it’s it’s really interesting and it’s
exciting to work with them because they’re so passionate about baseball I
mean these kids love baseball the same as American kids do they just haven’t
had as much high-level instruction they haven’t had the same developmental
experience as others so you know the like I said the eagerness is there
they’re just still figuring all this stuff out which is which is cool so you
know every person starts somewhere every country with a new sport starts
somewhere you know Japan didn’t have baseball you know at some point I can’t
I don’t know the history of their game but obviously Japan is incredible
baseball now and that took a lot of a lot of years and a culture that culture
developed where they they created some good players and the good players came
back to help the next generation and then over time the legacy was built so
that’s I think the really challenging part is is getting a legacy of the sport
built where there’s a continual feeder system of players who come and go and
the older ones come back and nurture the next ones along and that’s definitely
gonna take some time but hopefully they can get going because like I said
they’re really really eager and excited about it and and that’s cool as an
instructor so that’s the day I don’t know what day it is
apparently it’s Saturday I lost 8 hours I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back
but uh tomorrow’s Easter I’m extremely cold now it’s snowing
harder and we have an indoor clinic for just for an hour
later today so I’m sorry to shiver you can quite hear my voice but that’s the
day for the four five update with the time zones and you know our schedule
here no one celebrates Easter in this country really so there’s nothing going
on for it the days are kind of blurring together so we’re trying to figure out
this morning what day it was but uh so today we’ve clinic tomorrow we’ll have
more clinics and the weather’s gonna warm back up the snow is not normal they
said it’s just how it is but anyway that’s uh that’s day four
five maybe day six I don’t know of the turkey trip and getting off the ground
with the players which is good and go from there but I’m gonna get a bunch of
video of the food and a lot of different things I’m a senior here and shed on the
next update say hello to whoever watches my youtube
channel they met him up

1 thought on “Baseball In Turkey EP2 – You’re My Boy, Blew Vol.11”

  1. Wow goodjob, thank you for helping my country. Baseball is something that most people in Turkey don't know about. But I believe that it is a sport that has big potential.

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