CREDIT DUE TO MEN­SCH ON A BENCH

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES (S)

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