If only being a supporter of Israel is as easy as it was to be a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays this week.
When I was sixteen years old, my friend Barry Simon (now a prominent Toronto psychiatrist) and I were asked to write a comedy sketch based on the Balfour Declaration (the 1917 declaration of the British Government that endorsed the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine). The sketch portrayed England’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour as the owner of a baseball team who was drafting the Ball Four Declaration to establish a national home plate for the Jewish people in Palestine.
The sketch ended with a song and dance number to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ball Game, which started:
“Abdullah to Balfour to Weizman, what a great double play”.
I was thinking of the connection between Israel and baseball when I went to the now historic Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series on Wednesday in Toronto. If you are not a follower of baseball, this is what happened.