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Diamonds in the Clubhouse

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When one talks about baseball, one thinks about a game that is All American in nature. Baseball, which is widely known as America’s pastime has now become a sport recognized and loved all over the world. Countries from all over Europe, South America and Asia have now been considered as a hotbed of talent for future stars of the game. The “All American” ball game has now become global. In fact, the current champion of the World Baseball Classic is Japan, who last won in 2009. The sport has caught the attention of sports fans all over the world, that even countries like Denmark has started to take notice of the game. The Danes love sports, however diverse it is to them. They love to participate in them, and are also known to be among the best sports fans in the world. In the history of baseball, there have been two Danish players who have made it to Major League Baseball. Olaf Henriksen, to date is the only Danish born person ever to play in the major leagues. He played seven seasons for the Boston Red Sox, with Hall of Famer Babe Ruth as a teammate. Henriksen played a big role in three World Series victories during his career. Jeff Torborg of the Atlanta Braves, was the most recent baseball player with Danish blood to have played in the major leagues. Torbor has the distinction of catching Sandy Koufax' perfect game, as well as catching no hitters for Bill Singer and Nolan Ryan.

Baseball success worldwide is proof that sports, transcends all nations and race. It is a venue where everyone who has the passion for a particular game can go out and compete with other people. And baseball isn’t the only game which is popular to both fans and athletes alike. One particular game that has also become accepted worldwide is poker. An all time favorite with card players, the game also traces its roots from the USA. Among the notable baseball players who are known to play the game are current Atlanta Braves stars Justin Upton and Brian McCann. They have even competed in several celebrity poker tournaments and gala events sponsored by the team, a proof for their love of the game. Many players have developed their playing skills thru online poker sites like Partypoker. Online poker sites like partypoker, has been credited to have helped in developing the game into a spectator sport. Not only can viewers follow tournaments on television, they could also play the game in the comfort of their own home. Just like the World Baseball Classic, Poker too has its own version in the World Series of Poker. And just as the card game has grown into a global sport, baseball will still be a favorite among sports fans around the world.

Players like Olaf Henriksen and former Brave Jeff Torbog of Denmark can be considered to have paved the way for foreign born players to make it big in the major leagues. As evident in today’s Major League Baseball, international players have started to create their own niche in the history of the game. Most of them have played in the biggest stage of the game, which is the World Series. And with the game reaching out to young players all over the world, we may one day see the next generation of Danish baseball superstars. The future certainly looks bright for the sport, once considered to be only one nation’s pastime.

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