The 2014 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament
It started Wednesday June 25th and ran to Monday June 30th and there were 25 games in all plus and exhibition game. Teams from Canada and the U.S.A. competed for prize money in one of the only Invitational tournaments around. What does that mean? It meant the teams don’t have to pay to play as they do in almost every other tournament out there.
The weather did not cooperate very well and the grounds keeping teams were kept busy keeping the rain from destroying the infield and bases. And, to their credit, a number of players lent a hand with that job instead of sitting on the bench dry. A number of games were delayed and one was called after 5 innings due to rain. It also made for some late, late nights – one night the game ended a 1:24 AM. Then next day saw the first game begin at 8AM … for some of us volunteers it was long week with little sleep. But it was worth it. The weather and the baseball improved and the last two days saw some good ball and intense moments.
The final game saw a Canadian team, the Burnaby Bulldogs, win the tournament.
You can watch ALL the games just as they were live streamed below. Enjoy!
About the streamed video: The day before the tournament began we attended the meet-and-greet for the sponsors. At that time I found out that streaming the tournament was not happening this year for various reasons. But ‘not wanting to’ was not one of them … it didn’t take long for me to find myself ‘volunteering’ my services to get that working. I brought down my gear and setup a simple broadcasting station in the bunker behind home plate. With some help (thank you again Tanya Wilson) I was able to keep the stream going and the video switching. (and meet my other commitments 😉 And that means you can watch ALL the games just as they happened, albeit from the point of view behind home plate. (sorry, no outfield or follow cams OR colour commentary – maybe next time)
For more information check out their website at grandforksbaseball.com