A baseball trip of a lifetime to Cuba has already turned into something much bigger for a team from Medicine Hat.
The junior-aged group which took part in the Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour last month has returned with news they might be hosting a Cuban team in 2018.
The team played four games in the island nation in mid-February, winning once and coming close in the other three —proof that ball players here are most definitely up to snuff.
Their first game at Palmer del Junco Stadium was an 8-7 loss. The stadium hosted Cuba’s first official baseball game in 1874.
Team Canada then beat a team in Carbonara 9-8, before losing their last two games 6-3 and 8-7.
“We are already planning our next trip to (Cuba) next Easter,” wrote Medicine Hat organizer and parent Susan Nelson. “And the super cool news… looks like we will be hosting a Cuban team in the summer of 2018!”
Aside from getting some instruction with a pro team and seeing the sights, the group donated equipment and uniforms from Medicine Hat Little League. The tour is a business operation which sends numerous groups to latin America every year.
Medicine Hat News, March 3, 2017