Baseball is a sport that has the ability to have all different types of people put aside their problems and differences, to join together. From kids playing stickball in their neighborhood all the way to the major leagues, baseball is a unifying sport. This past Tuesday, baseball unified the impossible.
For the past 50 years, the United States of America and Cuba have been in a state of turmoil that was left after the Cold war. All trade was banned, and no Americans were allowed in. During all of this hostility, the only thing the two countries agreed upon was their shared love for baseball. This game was a landmark event, and the tickets were even free. The Cuban government distributed the tickets out through schools and youth organizations in order to ensure the youth could watch history in the making.
After a scoreless first inning, Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney hit an RBI, successfully putting Tampa Bay on the board. Then, after a scoreless third, James Loney stepped up to bat and, again, made a mark for Tampa Bay. He hit a two run homerun far into the stands that both countries were diving for. Later in the game, Steve Pearce, Tampa Bay’s utility player, hit an RBI gaining a four-point lead.
The pitching staff for Tampa Bay threw an incredible game in which they kept the Cuban team close to shut out. However, late in the ninth inning Cuba’s second baseman, Rudy Reyes, hit a rocket deep into the stands finally putting the Cuban team on the board.
However the stats of this game are only half of the story. Even though it is great that Tampa Bay came out on top, this game will be remembered for much more. Fifty years from now when people tell their children or grandchildren about this day, they will not be able to recall the exact box score form this game. Instead, they will only be able to tell the story of the time that two very different countries put aside the politics of it all and focus their attention on their shared love for the great sport of Baseball.