Acting no doubt from a mix of guilt and generosity, a couple of U.S. companies have poneyed up to donate
badly-needed new equipment to the Iraqi national baseball team, an anomaly in a soccer-happy country. Having
seen their country trashed and their families decimated, the players
had the inexplicable grace to be grateful to those "good American
people" who came to their aid. Now they will retire their only bat, an
aluminum Louisville Slugger. They got new cleats, mitts, bats and
balls; no word on compensation for more substantive losses.
Assistant coach Yasir Abdul Hasan on the Slugger: "I will fix it to the wall of my room as a remembrance of the hard days we
faced. This bat deserves to be respected, because it supported us
during the hard times."