Detroit and Boston’s 16u baseball teams demonstrated the true meaning of the Maccabi Games with a game of pick-up baseball.

Photo Courtesy of Phil Arnold

At the Maccabi Games last week, the Detroit 16U baseball team, coached by Rabbi Jason Miller, was eliminated from the tournament as was the Boston 16u team. Miller met their coach, Aidan Arnold, on the bus going back to the JCC.

“I already knew three of his players since they’d been sleeping in my basement on air mattresses all week,” Miller said. “We decided that we’d play a friendly ‘consolation’ game against each other.”

Burt Hershe, the umpire director for the Maccabi Games, arranged for umpire Mark Cooper to be the umpire for the game. The two teams played for three hours on an open field at Founders Sports Park on 8 Mile Road.

“It was a very fun game that both teams took seriously but also had a lot of fun with. The two coaches, Aidan and I, became friends and the players interacted with each other very well.”

Players for the Detroit 16u baseball team: Adam Arnold, Jacob Berg, Mitchell Blackman, Dean Brown, Jake Cassel, Darin Char, Blake Gedrich, Seth Giles, Matthew Kornspan, Adam Levitt, Josh Miller, Alex Scher, Aaron Schlussel and Jesse Uzansky.

Coaches for the Detroit 16u baseball team: Jason Miller, Jonny Goldberg and Brad Char.