By Jim Henneman
When the Orioles beat the Yankees, 5-1, Sept. 6 and Dean Kremer got his first win in his major league debut, the game was even bigger news in Tel Aviv than it was in Baltimore.
Kremer, the first Israeli citizen to play in the major leagues, allowed only one hit in six innings, and the long suffering fans in Baltimore were excited about another young pitcher shutting down the Yankees for the second straight time. In Israel, the excitement came in equal dose of pride.
Other than Kremer’s family and closest friends, perhaps no one understands that better than Jerry Narron, the former Orioles third base coach and current Red Sox bench coach who also assisted with Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic in 2017.
“Israeli baseball fans follow Dean closely,” Narron said via phone. “They were excited when he got drafted and I’m sure they are ecstatic about his major league debut.”
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