Sunday 24 September 2017

'Could he come to Ireland and sell milk for a living?' - Kilkenny GAA star Jackie Tyrrell keen on job swap with baseball player

Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrell could swap his trusted hurley for a baseball bat if plans for a sporting swap come to pass.
Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrell could swap his trusted hurley for a baseball bat if plans for a sporting swap come to pass.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrrell could swap his trusted hurley for a baseball bat if plans for a sporting swap come to pass.

The seven-time All-Ireland winner is open to the idea of trying his hand at the American sport after being invited to participate in a TV documentary planned by Dublin based, Motive Television.

Kilkenny supporters and Brian Cody need not worry – the proposal would see Tyrrell Stateside for just a week with the Miami Merlins – and while the defender admitted that it is something he would be very keen on trying, he believes it could be more of a culture shock for the professional athlete acclimatising in Ireland for a week

It would be very interesting to see how I might get on, and even more so to see how he might,” the James Stephens man told the Kilkenny People.

“They will obviously have to get someone with an open mind to give up a professional environment to come to cold Ireland to play with The Village and try and sell milk for a living,” he added.

The documentary, entitled ‘Trading Places’ sees the athletes swap places and so far two GAA players have been asked to participate.

“Nothing is signed off yet, but it is in the pipeline,” he said before admitting he had never held a baseball in his hands before.

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