Wednesday, August 27, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

French youth baseball players are the toast of the town

Mayor Joe Krovoza stands with French teacher Laurent Carpentier during the playing of the French and American national anthems. The delegation of students from Sens, France arrived in Davis Friday night for a nine-day stay with host families. Tanya Perez/Enterprise photo

By
April 2, 2011 |

Bienvenue à Davis, nos amis français …

Maintenant, jouer à la balle!

On Friday, a contingent of baseball-playing youngsters (and their parents and chaperones) arrived in town to begin a weeklong immersion in the national pastime — and Northern California.

Davis Little League’s Tom Locker has been the local conduit for the visit.

It was Locker and Laurent Carpentier, a teacher in Sens, France, who got the ball rolling more than three years ago when local kids and Sens students began a pen-pal relationship that centered on baseball and cultural understanding.

Last summer, a handful of Davis youths and their parents visited Sens and went on a whirlwind tour of France.

De la visite maintenant, les Français reviennent …

After arriving in town Friday — host families picked up their visitors at Harper Junior High — Little League and city officials welcomed the group to Davis on Saturday morning. Afterward, there was a workout with Davis players. Saturday evening, it was off to an Oakland A’s game.

On Sunday, the kids will tour downtown and UC Davis before attending an Aggie-Cal State Fullerton baseball game at 1 p.m.

Members of the Sens Dodgers will meet college players and get a lesson or two before UCD takes on the powerhouse Titans in a Big West Conference outing.

Ouf! Il est temps pour. petite pause une.

Sunday night, everyone gets a break with their host families.

Workouts with Davis youth teams and paintball are on the agenda for Monday, with a trip to Coloma in the Sierra foothills on Tuesday. The visitors will mix diamonds with their gold as scrimmages with El Dorado Little Leaguers will take place at Jeff Mitchell Field and Bass Lake.

Host families and their guests have a free day on Wednesday before heading out to San Francisco. Besides taking a bay cruise and hanging out at Fisherman’s Wharf, the French will hook up with Davis Boy Scout Troop 139 at The Presidio for an overnight campout.

Petit-déjeuner de La Baie ...

Breaking camp Friday by having breakfast by the bay, the hectic two days continues with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

“Teams will participate in a four-team tournament with squads from Davis and surrounding communities (Winters and Dixon on Saturday). In the evening, our friends will be the guests of honor at an Awards & Farewell Dinner hosted by Davis Little League,” Lockers concludes.

Next Sunday, the Sens Dodgers fly home — steeped in U.S. baseball and California knowledge.

Français dans le cadre de baseball Américain.

While no French-raised players have gravitated to a regular-season Major League Baseball lineup, two have come close.

Frédéric Hanvi and Joris Bert, who both play for Team France, were drafted.

Hanvi signed a seven-year minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins after being scouted in France four years ago. Hanvi recently became a free agent and is back in France.

Bert played in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was released in 2009.

Nine French-born players have made Major League rosters. All  were born to American parents or into families who moved to the United States when their kids were young.

Most have had limited success on the field, but there’s a notable exception in the dugout …

World Champion San Francisco Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy was born in Landes de Boussac, France. His dad was in the U.S. military.

Notes: Don’t speak French? Visit http://www.translate.google.com. … Look for DLL host-parent and Davis Enterprise Associate Editor Tanya Perez’s first-hand experience with her new-found Sens pals later this week in our paper. … Carpentier’s players back home range in age from 8 to junior high age … Sens is about an hour southeast of Paris. ... Bonne chance à tous. Amusez-vous.

– Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8047.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

.

News

True Blue Devil Arnold gave back starting in high school

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1

Yolo grows sunflower seeds for the world

By Margaret Burns | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Chat with Poppenga at coffee shop

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sunder campaign distributes signs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Farmworkers’ son wins prestigious NIH scholarship

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Interested in Portuguese? Drop by I-House

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Play groups offered by Center for Families

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
A sweet reward for turning in cash

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4

Try yoga, meditation at Holistic Health Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Yolo Federal to hold photo contest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Troops get ‘Hugs From Home’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Raley’s pays $1.6 million to settle hazardous-waste lawsuit

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Back-to-school party benefits Archer campaign

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Breast cancer program examines surgery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Crisis nursery bill on governor’s desk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Global warming on group’s agenda

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Documentary reveals ‘The Village Under the Forest’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
UCD West Village gets an electric Zipcar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Little Rock hero featured at reunion

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
UCD ranks No. 16 for serving the public interest

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Wolk’s infrastructure bill clears state Senate

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Obama risks alienating Latinos

By Tom Elias | From Page: A6

 
A water plan for all of California

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
MRAP sends the wrong message

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Play structure idea endorsed

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Thanks for firearms info

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Shaw respects Aggies, while is Gould happy to get a shot at Stanford

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devils prep for tough 2014 volleyball schedule

By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Bumgarner deals as Giants blank Rockies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Buschman, Cats mute the Sounds

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

New coach eager to see his Aggie charges hit the courses

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Carter’s blast send Astros past A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sports briefs: Online registration ends Friday for Labor Day Races

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

Field to fork: Play catch-up with summer’s produce

By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Franco M. Navazio, M.D.

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6