Promoting baseball in Israel has been shortstopped by an unforeseen obstacle of language. Israeli media covering this week's opening game of the Israel Baseball League were unable to field baseball vocabulary. Hebrew speakers struck out trying to translate terms such as home plate, homer and pitcher. They have not yet had to field other phrases, such as sacrifice fly, which in Hebrew has connotations of holy ceremonies from the First and Second Temples.
However, the league has relied on the Bible to help promote the game in Israel, citing the prophet Samuel (Chapter 1, Verse 14): "Let the young men arise and play before us."