This summer, from Friday, July 24th — Sunday, August 9th, the 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
Before that, however, Team Israel, the Israeli national baseball team that will represent the country in the 2020 Summer Olympics, will play an exhibition game at Bethpage Ballpark against the Long Island Black Sox, a team of local amateurs, on Tuesday, July 21, the Long Island Ducks announced today. The game is a fundraiser for Team Israel.
“We are very excited to welcome Team Israel to our ballpark this summer,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said on LIDucks.com. “This game will offer fans a unique opportunity to witness and support an exciting group of Olympians prior to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.”
The tilt between Team Israel and the Black Sox will be Israel’s final contest in the States before departing for the Olympic Games. It is the culmination of a two-week training camp in the northeastern United States for the Israeli national baseball team, to prepare for the Olympics. As many as 33 players will be part of Team Israel’s roster, which features several players known to baseball fans, including some with previous Major League experience, as well as current minor leaguers.
2020 is a special year for Team Israel, as it represents the first time that it’s competing in baseball at the Olympic Games, and this is the first team to represent the nation at the Olympics since 1976, when its soccer team played in Montreal.
Israel qualified for the Olympics in September of 2019 after winning the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualification Event.
First pitch for the game between Team Israel and the Black Sox is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35. Tickets for the game will be $18 for all available seating locations, with 50 percent of the proceeds from all ticket purchases being donated to Team Israel to help fund their Olympic operations. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE.
— Jerry Del Priore