THEY CALL it honkbal in Holland, and the Dutch have really taken to the old ball game. Go to any of the six regulation diamonds around the land of dikes and bikes and you're bound to hear someone screaming "Vermoordt de scheidsrechter."
Ask why they want the poor ump dead and the fans will tell you that the last throw from the werper to the achtervanger should have been called a wyd instead of a slag ... or maybe vice versa.
But any way you look at it, Abner Doubleday would have no regrets over the hit that baseball has made with the Netherlanders.
15:29 August 16, 2010