Episode 25: Mark Langone & Playing Baseball in Italy: Take Me Out to the Partita

Hosts Sara, Jessica and Michelle talk about Berlusconi losing another minister in his government, Berlusconi turns his attentions to the arts, Gap says Ciao Milano, and we speak with Mark Langone, professional baseball player in Italy about America’s favorite pastime…in Italia.

Eye on Italy News Stories:

Special Guest:

Mark Langone, American baseball player in ItalyMark Langone, @mlango on Twitter, first came to Italy from the Boston area in 2004 to play baseball professionally in Parma, the elegant northern city more known for its prosciutto ham and parmesan cheese than its baseball fields.  What was to be a one-summer experience following graduate school to explore his great grandparents’ birth country one baseball campo at a time, very soon became permanent home, as Mark has just completed his 7th baseball season in the boot.  He now calls Milan home, where he works full-time as a client consultant for Nielsen BASES, a division of The Nielsen Company.  He enjoys visiting small-town Italy, most of all the tiny family birthplace in the mountainous southern Basilicata region, where he has discovered living relatives and walked the exact patch of land from which his great grandparents emigrated to the United States in 1892.

More links about Italian baseball:

Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:

  • Some baseball vocabulary:
    • Base – Prima, Seconda, Casa Base : First, Second, Home Base
    • Ruba – Steal (the base)
    • Giocatore di baseball – Baseball player

Eye on Italy Picks of the Week:

Deal of the Week:

Video of the week:

Berlusconi: Inception, subtitled in English by co-host Sara:

One comment

  1. Anne

    I’m really enjoying your podcasts. They’re fun as well as informative.

    I’m finally going back to Italy – first time since 1988 and am travelling with a friend who cannot eat garlic. Any suggestions for dishes without garlic, or websites where she might find out more?

    Thanks for all your entertaining tips and news,

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