25 settembre 2011
Baseball? In the land of Calcio? (that's Italian for soccer)
On our last afternoon in Parma, we made a lovely circuit of the town. It was Italian Patrimony day and all the town and ecclesial museums were open and free -- so we explored some things we might not have otherwise. We were in an Italian town doing the Sunday afternoon alongside the Italians (again, we saw no recognizable non-Italian tourists).
We were enormously surprised to encounter, as we approached the Palazzo della Pace on our way back to the Duchal park, a full-on game of baseball -- or at least baseball of sorts.
It looked like a little league game, but the ages of the players seemed to range from about 5 to 12. There were clear teams, but we saw some players given 4-5 strikes. The bases were closer together than seemed right (though it's been a long time since I was at a little league game). The teams had girls and boys. Moms and Dads seemed involved and supportive and each bench got some fun sing-song chatter back and forth.
The best we can figure, it was an exhibition game to get more kids interested in the Parmesean Baseball School.