Friday, September 7, 2007

Expat Softball League

Cairo has a population of 20 million, and a few of them just happen to be Americans living abroad. I recently made a trip to a Cairo suburb to play softball with some of the Americans. To my surprise, I found a well-organized, well-established softball culture. Do not mess with these people. They take the game very seriously.
A close play at second sends the runner back to the dugout.

The wives look on. The women's leagues play on a different day. Most of the expats work for shipping, automotive, or oil companies, or they teach at the international schools.

Games can be intense.

A mosque lies just beyond right field. In this scene, the game keeps on going as the Friday noon calls to prayer ring out over the softball complex. Unfortunately a photo doesn't do justice to sound, but you can use your imagination.

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