CREDIT DUE TO MENSCH ON A BENCH
IT looked like a tactic straight out of the playbook of Eddie “Mind Games” Jones, the England rugby team’s highly successful coach.
The day before Israel pulled off a surprise win over South Korea in the 2017 World Baseball Classic tournament, the Israeli team manager,
Jerry Weinstein, together with pitcher Jason Marquis and third baseman Cody Decker, hosted a rather bizarre press conference.
After Mr Weinstein’s curt reply to a question about how he rated South Korea as a team, Mr Decker was asked about the giant
5ft mascot — Moshe, the “Mensch on a Bench” (pictured) —that was perched next to him.
“He’s a friend, he’s a team-mate, he brings a lot to the team,” said Decker. Whatever collective delusions the Israeli team holds about the ability of a giant doll to answer questions at a press conference, he certainly did bring a lot to the team, which on Wednesday battled the number one team in the world — Japan — for a place in the semi-finals. Not bad for Israel, ranked 41st.
If only the Mensch could pitch.