SCG to Host Major League Baseball?
Australian baseball (you know it exists, right?
) may soon get a huge boost if a bold bid to bring Major League Baseball
to Sydney proves successful.
The Brad Pitt-driven Moneyball
reminded Australians about the sport last year, after it'd all but faded from our collective conscious since Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella cleared his corn
in 1989. Hollywood references aside, the Sydney Cricket Ground is on the verge of being transformed into a baseball stadium for three days in 2014.
The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this week
that it's likely an MLB opening day series will be brought to Australia. Apparently all that stands between us and a giant foam finger is a decision from the NSW government as to whether they’ll provide the final funding needed for the project.
Of course it's an opportunity to promote Australia and particularly Sydney in the global sphere etc etc (the games would be screened live in Japan and other parts of Asia), but you'd have to think it's major league baseball's chance to crack an untapped market that's really driving the bid.
Although several Australian baseball players are currently making their mark overseas (with Travis Blackley in the Oakland Athletics’ starting pitching rotation and Sydney’s Grant Balfour similarly in the A’s bullpen), the game is largely ignored at home despite a solid domestic competition in the Australian Baseball League. Whether there's enough interest from Australians to pack the SCG and watch a few of US' heavy hitters remains to be seen, but it's an intriguing prospect.