Sniffing Around For Bears In Spain’s Val D’Aran

VAL D’ARAN — It wasn’t until I’d made may way clear through to other side of the village that I finally crossed paths with another human: A man about my age returning from a walk in the hills with his dog. “The only thing I can tell you is that up along the road, after the bend and then further along where it winds back, … Continue reading Sniffing Around For Bears In Spain’s Val D’Aran

Why France Has Any Bears At All

SON — Mankind has been anything but kind to France’s largest carnivore, the Euroasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos), which came within a hair’s breadth of disappearing completely from the national territory. But humans are also the reason there are any wild bears left in France. That’s because starting in the 1980s, a plan was hatched to save the few remaining animals — all of … Continue reading Why France Has Any Bears At All

Pyrenean Brown Bears: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The numbers aren’t official yet, but 2019 appears to have been a bumper year for the brown bear population in the Pyrenees Mountains, with the addition of perhaps 10 bouncing babies, maybe even more, a government source told the online Spanish newspaper Público. Not only that, but two of the cubs are thought to be living in the western part of the range, which at … Continue reading Pyrenean Brown Bears: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Package Deal: How Two California Buddies Bid Adieu To Baseball In France

SÉNART — Nothing is more daunting for an athlete than deciding when and how to call it quits. That’s the dilemma Daniel Jackson grappled with last autumn after wrapping up his second season of “indy” baseball with the Sioux City Explorers, in Iowa. The Explorers are one of a dozen teams in the American Association, a so-called independent league for players like Jackson who go … Continue reading The Package Deal: How Two California Buddies Bid Adieu To Baseball In France

An All-American In France

LA ROCHELLE — At an age when many young people are just beginning to contemplate their career options, Jesse Baker’s professional plans crashed down into a million broken pieces. Sports are cruel that way. Born and raised in the small, central-Florida town of Sebring, the now 26-year-old played baseball for Daytona State College and later Edward Waters College (EWC), in Jacksonville, Florida, where he excelled. … Continue reading An All-American In France

How Montpellier’s Greg Hamilton Baseball Park Got Its Name

MONTPELLIER — There isn’t a blade of grass — on the infield or outfield — and with the arrival of summer, the punishing Mediterranean sun has baked the dusty diamond hard as concrete. Outfielder Paolo Brossier calls the grounds “special” — and not in the complimentary sense. “It’s tricky to play on,” he says. “Especially for the position players.” Tucked behind a subdivision in the … Continue reading How Montpellier’s Greg Hamilton Baseball Park Got Its Name

Finding A Way Back To Baseball—And Journalism—In Southern France

MONTPELLIER — Baseball made quite a splash this summer with the first ever MLB regular-season games on this side of the pond. The carefully staged “London Series” between the reigning champion Boston Red Sox and arch-rival New York Yankees even attracted a few royals — of the Windsor Castle, not Kansas City, variety. But what most people don’t know is that “America’s Pastime” already has … Continue reading Finding A Way Back To Baseball—And Journalism—In Southern France