How Chile’s Baseball G.O.A.T. Found His Way To France

Just about every man, woman and abuela in Chile will be glued to their televisions Wednesday night to watch La Roja, the country’s beloved but frustratingly inconsistent men’s national soccer team. The occasion? A semi-final showdown with Peru in the Copa América tournament, in Brazil. I know because before moving to France, I lived in the long, skinny South American country for nearly seven years, and developed my … Continue reading How Chile’s Baseball G.O.A.T. Found His Way To France

Long Day’s Journey Into La Rochelle

LA ROCHELLE—Bright sun, thumping music, free-flowing beer, a pirate mascot giving out potato chips, and a crowd that at one point topped a hundred. No wonder the coach of the visiting team took a moment after Sunday’s double-header to lead his players in applauding the hosts. The gesture didn’t go unnoticed by a man sitting next to me. “Classy,” he said, finishing up the last … Continue reading Long Day’s Journey Into La Rochelle