Dutch baseball team first sporters to receive royal decorations

POSTED: 11/15/11 4:40 AM

THE HAGUE – The Dutch baseball team that won the recent world championships has become the first sports team in Dutch history to receive royal decorations. The team captain Sidney de Jong, coach Brian Farley and technical director Robert Eenhoorn all became knights in the order of Oranje-Nassau and the rest of the team are members in the order of Oranje-Nassau. The honors were conferred on November 11 at the Teyler Museum after they were addressed by Haarlem-Zuid’s mayor Bernt Schneider and Minister of Sport Edith Schippers.
The ceremony where the decorations were conferred was part of a broader program to honor the players. The day opened with a ceremony in the heart of Haarlem where the team could greet thousands of fans. The team also attended a ceremony at the Van der Valk Hotel and toured Spaarne before the honoring ceremony.
In the evening the team was also given the spotlight position during KNBSB Stars Awards Gala where the best baseball and softball teams and players of the 2011 season were honored. At that ceremony each of the players received a championship ring. The other honorees at the ceremony were Vince Rooi and Areke Game was named most valuable players of the 2011 season. Rob Cordemans and Kirsten Scheele were the best pitchers.

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