American blues music is bizarrely big in Japan, as Amanda Petrusich recently detailed in a fascinating piece.
Monday, March 27th, 2017
The veracity of a claim that Donald Trump handed a bill for NATO services to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently being debated. Today, the White House officially denied the report. However, One Foot Tsunami is now able to confirm the story, after receiving an exclusive copy of the invoice in question:
Friday, March 17th, 2017
The World Baseball Classic, a rather pale imitation of the global event that is soccer’s World Cup, is now being contested for the fourth time. Countries from around the globe send teams to square off in a series of baseball games to determine who will be world champion. Say, that’d make a good name — the “World Series”. It’s catchy and accurate!
Anyhow, the rosters for these teams are not as nationalistic as you might expect. Many players compete for countries other than the one in which they were born, and it’s clear that these “national” teams don’t have strong qualifying requirements. Most egregious in this regard is the 2017 Israel roster, which features 35 players born in American, and a single lone pitcher born in Israel.
I’ve done some research to discover the minimum requirement a player must meet to play for various countries, and collected my findings below:
A Sampling of the Minimum Requirements for Each Country’s National Team in the World Baseball Classic
To play for these teams, a player must have:
Australia: Seen a Crocodile Dundee movie, or at least the Australia episode of the Simpsons featuring the classic line “That’s not a knife, it’s a spoon”.
Canada: Apologized at least once in the past year
Cuba: Recently uttered the phrase “close, but no cigar”
Greece: Been a member of a fraternity in college
Israel: Called someone a “putz” and/or schmuck
Italy: Played a Mario game on any Nintendo platform
Japan: The abiity to sing the chorus of The Vapors’ hit song “Turning Japanese”
Mexico: Dined in a Taco Bell in the past decade
Poland: Ever used a can of lemon Pledge
The 2017 tournament is nearly finished, but the above list may help you find a team to play for in the 2021 event.