JEWS WITH BATS – ISRAEL’S WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC RAP ANTHEM!
When people hear the world Israel, they think many things. Middle East. Falafel. Politics. Religion. Hebrew. But BASEBALL?
Coming into the World Baseball Classic (WBC) with the world’s lowest ranking (#41) they have managed to comprise a 4 -1 record, beating South Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands and even baseball powerhouse Cuba. Comprised of a team consisting of Major League free Agents , Career minor leaguers, and even a talent buyer for City Winery, they are what movie buffs would call The Bad News Bears, but the Jewish version. A 2017 version of David Vs Goliath, Israel arrived with 200-1 odds of winning, and have a life sized Jewish doll with his own locker called Mensch On a Bench. If you ask anyone in Israel about the success of the Israel Baseball Team, they will tell you they didn’t know they had one. But if Israel beats Japan and makes it to the big game at Dodger Stadium, 1.2 million Jews in LA will certainly make them the hometown favorite. Maybe Jewish Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax will throw the first pitch.
Coincidentally, American Israeli rapper Kosha Dillz (that’d be me guys) , who just came back from a tour in Israel, originally had plans to play a show at SXSW late last night. Instead of performing, he got a late night call from good friend, Jon Moskowitz of Universal Attractions about who else but Kosha Dillz should record a song about Israel shocking the baseball world.
“Funny story, was that I met Neal Hoffman from Mensch on a Bench and made them a rap song years ago as was also sent a Mensch in the mail.. Since Jews have been oppressed so much over the years, Jews with Bats seemed like a great name for a song and team that certainly needs all the strength that can get. If and when they make it to Dodger Stadium for the WBC championship, maybe we can perform the song on the field with all the Mensches. I felt my rap career story is really similar to the team, and I know Jews love a good rap and game of baseball.”
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