War has changed everything – instead of a baseball bat you now have a gun in your hand


He played in Austria and would move to France. But the war changed everything for Ukrainian baseball player Georgi Gvritishvili.

The train ticket to Prague was already booked. From there, baseball player Georgi Gvritishvili wanted to go to France to start the new season with a first division team. But then everything turned out differently and all hell broke out in Ukraine. All Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 were drafted into the army. While Georgi’s father was even sent forward, the 23-year-old, who played for the Traiskirchen Grasshoppers in the Bundesliga last year, was forced to go on patrol in his hometown of Kropyvnytskyi. The grim reality: machine gun instead of baseball bat.

“I’m Not Afraid to Fight”
“It’s a bloody nightmare,” said the 23-year-old, whose grandmother was injured in an explosion. “My sister is out of the country now, thank goodness. My mother stayed here and takes care of Grandma,” said the Ukrainian team player. “I’m not afraid to fight. My thoughts are with all the families that are now without existence.” Those of Traiskirchen chairman Peter Feichtinger are mainly with his former player. “If he doesn’t text back within 30 minutes, I’m really worried,” the Grasshoppers boss sighs.

Gvritishvili was recently recognized as the Bundesliga’s leading hitter at the home baseball gala. Feichtinger accepted the trophy in tears. “I told Georgi that I would only hand him this award in person.” Gvritishvili: “I hope this will all be over soon, I long for peace!”

Source: Krone


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