Cuba Ball tour, March 2005

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It's amazing piece.

David R., Friday, 13 June 2008 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

(Bolding & quoting because I agree, not because of grammatical lols)

David R., Friday, 13 June 2008 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

great portrait of KK (among others). "Mickey Mantle told me to fuck off once."

Dr Morbius, Friday, 13 June 2008 17:13 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

Cuban League strikeout takes 85 minutes:

http://bjarkmanlatinobaseball.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/85minute_strikeout_latest_oddi.html

Dr Morbius, Monday, 29 December 2008 16:11 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Cubaball is planning a tour of the eastern half of the island for the first time, at the end of March -- to include Guantanamo! (not the camp) Cost (airfare separate) is $1,899 to $2099 US.

Also it may be the last-ever tour as majordomo Krieger may take a new job.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 6 February 2009 15:48 (ten years ago) link

can we, as americans, take part in this?

ah ha. read the faq

the Bush Treasury Dept approved US visitors in 2004 (no other year)

don't think I ever posted the current URL:

http://www.cubaballtours.com/

Dr Morbius, Friday, 6 February 2009 16:56 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Cubaball Tours will conduct two tours of Cuba in 2011. For the first time, the program will include a tour of the eastern provinces and games in Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo (the province and not the prison), Las Tunas and Camaguey. The eastern tour is scheduled from February 6-14) and the western tour, based in Havana, from February 15-23. The western tour features games in Havana, Matanzas, Habana province and Pinar del Rio and includes two games between archrivals Santiago de Cuba and Industriales. This is a rivalry that makes the Red Sox-Yankees pale in comparison. Fifty thousand will be seated at Estadio Latinoamericano four hours before the first pitch is thrown!

A highlight of the tours, as always, will be visits with veteran Cuban players from the Cuban winter leagues and Conrado "Connie" Marrero, the last surviving major leaguer in Cuba. We will visit Marrero at his Havana apartment to hear his stories and to celebrate his 100th birthday a little before its April 25th date. Both tours will include visits to La Tropical, home of professional baseball in Cuba from 1930-46 and the baseball monuments/graves at Havana's Cristobal Colon cemetery. Visit the Cubaball website (www.cubaballtours.com) for registration information.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 November 2010 17:49 (eight years ago) link

O____________O

JIMMY MOD THE SACK MASTER (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 13 November 2010 18:22 (eight years ago) link

The tour will also play a friendly game of pepper on Castro's campo blanco field rendered from the alabaster skull chips of 25,000 state enemies.

sanskrit, Sunday, 14 November 2010 05:39 (eight years ago) link

No, but in '04 we had a catch in front of the Mural de la Prehistoria.

http://www.absolut-cuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/mural-1.jpg

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 November 2010 17:00 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Very weird.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:58 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Conrado Marrero, now the oldest ex-MLB player, turns 100 on the 25th:

http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=41255

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:46 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

Jan 18-26:

http://sabr.org/latest/sign-baseball-tour-cuba-january-2012

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 02:23 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

Connie Marrero, nearly 101 and blind, to get an MLB pension:

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/23/149080927/at-100-cuban-all-star-to-get-a-pension-at-last

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:36 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

I know the cost would be an obstacle for most of you (tho worth every buck imho), but this is still the best trip I've ever taken.

Cubaball Tours will conduct its 11th annual tour from January 25-February 2, 2013. As in the past, tour highlights include attendance at five or six games of the Cuban National Series, visits to history baseball locales such as La Tropical Stadium and the baseball monuments at Havana's Cemetery, and, schedule permitting, the grave of Martin Dihigo. The highlight of each tour is an audience with Conrado "Connie" Marrero, 101 years of age and the oldest living major leaguer. For more information and to register, visit http://www.prime-travel.com/cubaball_form_submit.asp or contact Kit Krieger at ejkrie✧✧✧@s✧✧✧.c✧.

cancer, kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 15:21 (six years ago) link

six months pass...
four months pass...

shit, might be time for me to go back.

http://sabr.org/latest/sign-now-2014-baseball-tour-cuba

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 September 2013 15:19 (five years ago) link

btw I probably saw Alexei Ramirez play for Pinar del Rio in 2004

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:08 (five years ago) link

how much was it?

The Dance Twerking Was MADE So (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:12 (five years ago) link

I don't remember, but this year it's $2599 (with a supplement of $50 if you lodge solo).

http://www.prime-travel.com/tours/cubaball-tours/

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:15 (five years ago) link

that's a supplement of $450

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:15 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

So now what?

At one point Wednesday, M.L.B. became so concerned about the reaction to Obama’s announcement that it sent a directive to its 30 teams pointing out that it remained illegal to scout players in Cuba, or to sign them, because the American embargo of the island remained in effect....

Peter C. Bjarkman, a Cuban baseball historian, noted that the Cuban government had recently adopted a policy that allowed players to join teams in Mexico and Japan. But major league clubs in the United States are a different matter.

“The Cubans want their players to now have more experience and to play professionally overseas and earn some money,” Bjarkman said. “But there is a condition: They want those players to play in the Cuban league in the winter. Otherwise they will be throwing up their hands.”

Major league teams, however, would probably not agree to allow Cuban players to spend entire winters playing baseball back home, reasoning that the injury risk would be too great.

“This is an issue that’s going to be debated in Cuba now,” Bjarkman said. “They want to utilize baseball resources to bring more money into the country, but they don’t want to sell their league to North America.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/sports/baseball/for-baseball-cuba-is-front-and-center.html

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:58 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...
two years pass...

if you'd like to go in late September

https://sabr.org/latest/cubaball-tours-announces-2018-dates

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:06 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

so i'll be there in late Nov – but am having hard time divining if there are going to be any actual baseball games going on while i'm there.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:41 (ten months ago) link

i am confident that there'll be actual baseball games, but discovering when and where does seem awfully complicated. maybe ask this guy for tips? https://twitter.com/baseballdecuba

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:13 (ten months ago) link

What we call the regular season, they call the National Series, and it runs from August thru late December.

http://www.baseballdecuba.com/2018-19-Cuban-Baseball-Season-Schedule-Released?language=en

There's a schedule link, but it only shows the results of the first half.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:31 (ten months ago) link

yup. i found that and found it mildly infuriating.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:54 (ten months ago) link

also - anyone have an idea what players might be worth checking out? are there any left?!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:54 (ten months ago) link

my understanding is the talent pool is not what it was when i went 14 years ago... or 5 years ago

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:04 (ten months ago) link

i suppose it doesn't matter anyways since i cannot find an actual schedule to save my life right now.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:43 (ten months ago) link

you should definitely go to a game. write to Kit Krieger (Cuba Ball, based in Vancouver) if necessary.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:52 (ten months ago) link


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