04.08.2008 - 04.08.2008 19 °C
Since leaving Jarno's hometown of Somero, we traveled north 3 hrs to the university town of Jyväskälä, where Jarno & Henna go to school. We arrived in the afternoon and didn't have much to do, so walked to downtown on the bike path by the lake. It was about 6km (4 mi) so just as we arrived downtown it was closing time and we got turned out of the very first shop we tried. But we had been invited to a Finnish baseball game by one of Henna's friends at the wedding, so we went to that. Let me just say that Finnish Baseball is the most confusing and inscrutable sport. First, the pitcher is also the catcher, and pitches from home 'nest', throwing vertically like a kid throwing to himself. Second, the batter has several chances to choose whether to run on his hit so he can take a chance on getting a better run. Third, the bases are not in diamond shape, but zig-zag. That's about all I was able to glean from the game, but if you ever get a chance to watch Finnish baseball, do!