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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have learned that my grandson will be going to Melbourne in about a month to play pro baseball with the Melbourne Aces. He just finished his fourth season in the minor leagues as part of the Colorado Rockies. His name is Ryan Casteel.
Any of you gents follow Australian baseball? I told him to have a bit of bully beef at a billabong and then have a corroboree. Learned that from an Aussie friend.

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Congratulations to your grandson, John.

Not a fan of 'foreign' sports.......LOL , although I did try to follow the game during our recent trips to US.

I will keep an eye out for his name in the local papers, although baseball does not get a great deal of media coverage in Australia.

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Thank you, James. This might be an opportunity to become more informed and involved with our variation of cricket. Would love to see him play plus visit your country but airline tickets are about $4K USD each.
We should be able to listen to some of the games as the are 14 hours ahead of us in the eastern US. That would broadcast the games here at 5 AM!
BTW, Ryan has a teammate from Sydney- David Kandilas. Fine young man and speaks very good English.

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"Fine young man and speaks very good English.".....LOL.

Yes, most of us learn English as a second language.....Ozzie being our native tongue.....We can also, sometimes, understand the inhabitants of the USA.......

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Baseball is not a national sport here but does have a small following amongst devotees. It certainly isn't broadcast on radio or TV. None the less what a great experience for him. I'm certain some of the guys in the Aces will relish his skill and knowledge. There are scouts come down here from the states and every now and then young fellas get picked up by minor US teams.

He will love Melbourne it is a wonderful city and a great place to live. And yes we even speak English, or at least our own version of english. Ozzies have a wicked (very dry) sense of humour just ask James......

We wish your grandson well. What position does he play? I played outfield for West Perth in WA many many years ago......
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Kerry, he is catcher and designated hitter (guy who bats for someone else). He and his wife are looking forward to the trip. They will be there from October to January. His wife says it will be unusual to have Christmas in the summer.
BTW, my Aussie friend made the statement- Americans and Australians are two different cultures separated by a common language.
I did tell him about the crocs and sharks there.

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Hi John, don't think he'll have too much trouble with Croc's down in melbourne, but he might need to watch out for other strange creatures in Victoria to the likes of Drop bears , 9 foot high Kangaroo's and that most weirdest of creatures an Aussie Rules supporter
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Hi, guys.
Here, Baseball is our main sport. Next october the 12th the 2013-2014 season will start and all of us are very excited about.
Hope your grandson will have a successful career as a big leaguer.

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Alexis, thank you for those kind words. There are a large number of baseball players, minor and major league, here in the US that are from the Caribbean and Latin America. Your season starts about the time we have our World Series. Don't know why they call it the "World Series" as the only "foreign" team is from Canada.

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Pete your comments about wild life aren't so silly. I live in a beautiful area of Melbourne 5 minutes from Taylors creek and the airport. Today I chased a rabbit out of our front garden tomorrow it may well be a Kangaroo.....

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