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This Team Israel Olympic pitcher has a day job booking talent like John Mulaney

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28.07.2021

JTA — Before last November, Shlomo Lipetz already had his dream job.

After drinking coffee and listening to a morning news podcast — “The Daily,” from the New York Times — he would then take the L train from his Brooklyn apartment and head to his job as vice president for programming at City Winery, a music venue and wine bar franchise headquartered on the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

There he would dig straight into his emails — an estimated 500-700 per day — and get to work on lining up some of the thousands of shows that the City Winery franchise hosts in its over 10 venues across the country each year. He recently booked, for example, dozens of post-rehab comeback shows for comedian John Mulaney and a cross-country tour for the provocateur pop star Sinead O’Connor (who promptly decided to retire from music after agreeing to the concerts).

But starting in the fall, Lipetz added a new routine to his morning schedule: baseball workouts.

That’s because he is a member of the Israeli baseball team that’s headed to the Tokyo Olympics.

The chilled out, baritone-voiced 42-year-old with a mullet happens to also be a 6-foot-4 pitcher who has been known as a pioneer in Israeli baseball since his teenage years in Tel Aviv.

“Anyone who’s in the music business knows just how hardcore the job is. And I think I’m for sure living my dream,” he said on the phone from his office last month. “But I’m probably living other people’s dreams who wish they [weren’t] just stuck in an office. I’m able to do both.”

For people who are both music and sports fans, it does sound surreal — on a normal week, Lipetz interacts with music industry stars and insiders, and during international competition season, he plays against some of the best athletes from around the globe.

He’s popular in both worlds, too — Rhett Miller of the country band The Old 97’s and Peter Buck of R.E.M. (who plays in a side supergroup band called The Baseball Project) tell Lipetz that he’s often the topic of conversation in a group text about baseball that they have with other well-known musicians. He also gets free vinyl from many of his musician friends, and in return, he sometimes gives back signed baseballs — which have been in high demand.

In Arizona, Team Israel player Ty Kelly — whose locker is normally next to Lipetz’s, because their........

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