A FOREIGN AFFAIR
Game 2 of this World Series will go down in history as the first in which both starting pitchers were born in Europe. Danny Cox of the Cardinals drew his first breath in Northampton, England, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Bert Blyleven of the Twins was born in Zeist, the Netherlands, and emigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was a little boy. Both pitchers had previously started World Series games, Blyleven in 1979 for the Pirates and Cox in '85 for the Cards. The Series' only other European-born starting pitcher was George Chalmers (born in Edinburgh, Scotland) of the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies.
A TV crew from the Dutch network, AVRO, was in Minnesota last week to do a feature on Blyleven and his family. "We think it's a wonderful story," said commentator Sierd De Vos. "A real American dream, no? We'll show a 20-minute piece on Bert. It will go coast to coast, though our coast to coast isn't as big as yours."
This is from an interview De Vos had with Blyleven, in English, after Game 1:
"What will you do tonight?"
"I'll go out with my family and feed them."
"What will you eat?"
"We have an expression: He eats and sleeps baseball. So first I'll eat baseball; then I'll go home and sleep baseball."
"Thank you very much, and good luck tomorrow."