This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.
If they build it, will they come? Filmmaker Jeremy Newberger and sports writer Jonathan Mayo think so. The two are working on organizing a special trip to Israel for Jewish Major League Baseball players, past and present.
Newberger, a director with Ironbound Films, and Mayo, who works for MLB.com, are pitching the idea of a “Baseball Birthright.” Based on positive responses from players such as Houston Astros pitcher Josh Zeid, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis, and Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, the two think they could hit it out of the park with the trip — and an associated documentary film chronicling each player’s personal Jewish journey.
“The project is still in an early development stage,” notes Newberger in a conversation with The Times of Israel. He and Mayo, who have known each other since their days at Zionist summer camp, have long thought about bringing the players to Israel. It would be their first visit to the country for most of them.
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