The Tampa Bay Rays made history by being the first team to play in Cuba since the 1999 Baltimore Orioles. Even the U.S. president, Barack Obama, and Cuban President, Raul Castro were there. It looked of America as if they Tampa Bay Rays had this game easy. This game was played in Cuba and played om March 22nd, reported ESPN.com
But on Tuesday, the ground may have moved a bit. The Tampa Bay Rays played the Cuban national team in Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano as the ultimate odd couple, President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro, watched,” reported the Chicago Tribune. “Some will simply call it ‘baseball diplomacy’ in the same sense that ping pong diplomacy made a small contribution to U.S.-China relations in the early 1970s,” added Chicago Tribune.
“But the day will be remembered less for the final score than for the two men sitting in the front row at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, the last stop on Obama’s trip to Cuba this week in a bid to further pave the road toward normalized relations,” reported ESPN.com
Rarely has so much pomp and circumstance accompanied an exhibition game. Former All-Stars Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred were among the president’s greeters. Secretary of State John Kerry was also in the VIP box, as were several of Cuba’s highest officials, reported ESPN.com
The star in the game was James Loney, Tampa Bays Rays first basemen. He hit a homerun and he drove in three runs. Matt Moore was having an amazing pitching performance as wells for the Rays. The only run the Cuban National team managed to get was from Rudy Reyes as he hit a solo homerun in the ninth inning. He hit this homer off of Alex Colome for their only run. The Tampa Bay Rays won four to one, reported cbssports.com