It worked


Liam Carroll

Anyone that follows my blog may have been disappointed not to have seen an entry from me for a while.  Six weeks in a sling thanks to an Anterior Shoulder Arthroscopy made for difficult typing.  But I'm back...

As many players, coaches and fans are aware, the European Big League Tour visited London last weekend.  The EBLT is the brainchild of Dutchman and Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Rick Vandenhurk.  The tour makes stops in a few cities, spreading the gospel of baseball and providing aspiring ballplayers a taste of the Major Leagues and Rick chose London for this year.

In the next few days we'll get more coverage of the tour up on our website; in the meantime, here are just a couple of things about the event that I want to share with you...

The VandenHurks gave us two big goals to strive for in planning the event: the first was to help the MLB players have an awesome time.  For those who don't spend time in the Twittersphere like I do, here's a nice feature from about Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie enjoying London.  The Big Leaguers were just as excited about the London Soccer Dome, the biggest indoor football arena in Europe, as the kids were.

The second was to give the kids a "wow" experience and inspire them about Major League Baseball and their playing the game.

Well, we did, and the whole EBLT concept works.  I keep hearing from coaches and parents about kids who can't stop talking about the experience and I'm not sure that there's ever been an Opening Day so hotly anticipated as the 2013 version will be.

What's cool is that it's not just the kids.  It appears that everyone involved - coaches, players, and the baseball/slowpitch/fastpitch players who attended the Friday night reception - are pumped up following the event.

Hopefully that sense of excitement will remain throughout the winter and carry into next season.  If we remember what the European Big League Tour felt like, and think about the opportunities available now (such as Academy Baseball), and those that will be soon (such as the new fields at Farnham Park), hopefully it'll be a short and fun off-season and we'll be well prepared when Opening Day arrives.

Keep the dream alive!


**Update - 2334 - 20/11/12**

The official website of the EBLT has added photos...awesome to relive the event and easy to see why memories were made on Saturday.  No doubt more media will follow on the BSUK site in due course.



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Neale 19:12

Sounds like a quality day, well done to all at BSUK for organising what sounds like a fantastic show promoting Baseball to all.
p.s. hope shoulder gets well soon.

About Liam Carroll

Liam Carroll

Liam was a Regional Coach and then Development Coordinator for BaseballSoftballUK until May 2014. He returned to his hometown of London to work for BSUK in 2010 after stops in Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, California and Nevada. Growing up playing in Britain, Liam made the move to America to study and play university baseball. After figuring out that his future would be brighter as a coach rather than player, he moved to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to finish his degree and coach college baseball. Since then he’s coached youth and adult teams on both sides of the atlantic and with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams.

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