Geoff Blum's dramatic home run last week in Game 3 of the World Series had barely cleared the fence, lifting his Chicago White Sox to victory in the 14th inning, before Jewish sports fans began asking the eternal question: Is he or isn't he?
The Internet was abuzz about Blum, a 32-year-old journeyman infielder who was inserted into the game as a late-inning replacement. His homer at Minute Maid Park in Houston snapped a 5-5 tie and sent the White Sox to a 3-0 Series lead over the Astros on their way to a sweep.
Soccer and basketball are Israel’s most popular sports, so what is U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer going to discuss at an event called “A Celebration of Jews in Baseball” — alef-beisball?
No, Kurtzer tells The Jewish Week, he plans to use baseball as a mirror on American culture.